Sunday, 28 September 2014

TAST #131 Beaded Lock Stitch

Sharon gave us another Lock Stitch, Beaded Lock Stitch, TAST #131. I have seen so many beautiful interpretations of this stitch by others that I think the possibilities are endless.

Here is my bead play:
Row one and two with Double Lock Stitch, row three with Lock Stitch on Aida. The thread is Coton á broder.
 Perle #5 on my sampler.
I loved playing around with beads on these curved designs in perle #8. It is hard to believe they are the same stitch, isn't it? Because I used a variegated thread,  the stitches in the middle design are both light blue and pink, while the beads are all pink. I should have stuck to a solid coloured thread.
I used Sharon's templates to draw the designs. If you want to learn the stitch, here is the link to Pintangle.

21 comments:

  1. A lovely variaty of experiments. The heart at the left side is my favourite!

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    1. Yes, I agree it is a beautiful heart, but I was most amazed by the shape in the middle. By using bugle beads for the base stitch you get a very sharp, metallic look, and the beaded Lock stitch on the edge is very flat and controlled. I still can not believe that they are the exact same stitches!
      My hope is that one day in the (far) future a textile historian will find this piece and wonder what stitches I have used!

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  2. Your samplers are beautiful specially the curved designs

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    1. The Lock stitch and its variations can be anything from elegant borders to curvy, organic plants or exotic marine life, don't you think?

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  3. Very nice! I like the different colors and shapes.

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    1. Thank you. It was fun to 'stretch' the stitches.

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  4. You've stitched some lovely variations and they look great in shapes. And you're right, it is hard to believe they are the same stitch.

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    1. I think the three variations of Lock Stitch (129, 130, 131) could make up a full embroidery design. If I only had the time...

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  5. Fabulous variations Queenie ! Because this stitch is so versatile, and there are many others that metamorphasise and are unrecognisable, you could have a 'Name the stitch' weekly competition !
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xx

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    1. What a great idea! However, I am sure I would mistake many of my own stitches! It might be time for a stitch test again...

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  6. I see what you mean about possibilities here Queenie, love the heart and curves. I have used it without the beads on my crazy seam, on the ball have started the october one early

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    1. Great to hear that you have used it on your cq block.

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  7. So many variations - I like the rows n the second photo - these are my favorites.

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  8. Interesting variations on a theme for sure.

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  9. Lots and lots of progress and some lovely stitching.

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  10. Such nice looking variations and your stitching is wonderful.

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  11. You always manage such a great variety. I absolutely LOVE the heart.

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    1. Yes, the stitch works well on a curvy design like the heart.

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