After working a few more beaded lock stitches the sampler was completed today.

37.131.beaded lock stitch sampler

37.131.beaded lock stitch sampler

The first sample was worked on long and short straight stitches. It is not pretty, the lock stitches twisted the straight stitches! The beaded lock stitches are worked on three step feather stitch in the second sample. The third sample is beaded lock stitches worked over herringbone stitch and the Italian border stitches form the base for beaded lock stitches in the fourth sample.

37.131.beadlockst-3

37.131.beadlockst-3

The stitch is a buttonhole variation, the beaded lock stitches were worked from right to left, after trying in different ways, settled down to the last samples on the left side in the first sample. Fern stich came later in the TAST list, still ended up as the base for the second sample. Wheat ear stitches are worked with beaded lock stitch in the third sample.

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37.131.beadlockst-4

Sheaf stitches form the base to work beaded lock stitch in the first sample. In the second sample, the beaded lock stitch is worked at the top, and the bottom is twisted and beaded, extra straight stitches were used for this. The straight stitches were beaded in the third sample. Beads are added to double lock stitch in the last sample.

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37.131.beadlockst-5

Everything started with these stitches-

37.131.beadlockst-a

37.131.beadlockst-a

It was interesting working on this stitch. Some pointers-The beads are not that secure, which makes them turn in all directions, the space between the straight stitches and the bead size needs to be same. Sometimes when pulled tight, the lock stitches twist the straight stitches. This stitch can be added for extra texture, that way beads will rest comfortably and enhance the look of another stitch.

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This is the third variety of lock stitch, the working of which is on Pintangle.
This was the 131st week stitch. This sampler  was started with basic straight stitch variations. The beaded lock stitch  on them is started today.

The straight stitches do not have any gaps and the two rows of beaded lock stitches are worked on alternate straight stitches, which tilts this stitch to the left. All the lock stitches are beaded in the second sample. Two beads are worked in this single row in the third sample. Two rows of short straight stitches were worked one below the other and the beaded lock stitches were worked on them in the fourth sample. This variation need to be written down before it slips the mind! The straight stitches are worked in a curved pattern which has created this curved beaded lock stitch in the fifth sample.

37.131.beadlockst-1

37.131.beadlockst-1

The first two samples have straight stitches in varying heights in a pattern, it was not pretty to work the lock stitches on varying heights, so beads were added at the end of the straight stitches in the first sample and even that was not done in the second sample. Learnt this lesson. Alternate lock stitches are beaded in the third and fourth samples in two ways.

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37.131.beadlockst-2

A few more possibilities of working beaded feathered chain stitch are explored.
After working the long tailed chain stitch, a straight stitch was taken to work the bead, before working the next chain stitch in the first sample. The same treatment is repeated in the opposite direction with three beads in the second sample. Two straight stitches with beads, perpendicular to the long tailed beaded chain stitch with bead is repeated in the third sample- an interesting beaded version. Two rows of this stitch are worked together in the fourth sample.

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19.113.beadfeachst-1

I worked the other version of feathered chain and added two beads in the first sample. Ricrac is couched with this version of the stitch, with beads inside the chains in the second sample. Beads are worked on the closed feather stitches worked after the zigzag chain in the last sample. I tried this version with some variations on feathered chain stitch sampler.

19.113.beadfeachst-2

19.113.beadfeachst-2

The beaded feathered chain stitch sampler.

19.113.beaded feathered chain stitch sampler

19.113.beaded feathered chain stitch sampler

I am still floundering on my exercises on the sumptuous surfaces class, so did not explore the possibilities of this stitch much.

I started on this stitch sampler today. The working is on SharonB ‘s blog.
The basic feathered chain stitch with two beads is worked in the first sample. Single and two beads are alternated in the second sample. Two beads are worked into the chain stitches in the third sample. the chain stitches are worked over the bead in the fourth sample.

19.113.beaded feathered chain st-sampler

19.113.beaded feathered chain st-sampler

After trying some more versions of this stitch, I finally decided to let go of this sampler.

18.112.feathered chain st- sampler3

18.112.feathered chain st- sampler3

I tried the version on A-Z of embroidery book in this part of the sampler. before trying that, I worked the first sample, by starting the chain stitches a little behind the straight stitches. This looks like two rows of chained cross stitch. Then, wanting to be adventurous, I tried this stitch with rope stitch, realized this cannot be done, so worked a row of zigzag rope stitch, this being a feathered chain stitch sampler, worked a row of this stitch over zigzag rope stitch, thus covering up in the second sample.
From the third sample this stitch is worked in the version found in the book. The fourth sample is one row worked over the other in this version. The chain stitches in the bottom are smaller in the fifth row, the small and long chains are alternated in the sixth row. In the seventh row, I started by working the straight stitches very short, and ended up with this sample! very interesting!

18.112.fechst-1

18.112.fechst-1

In these samples, after working the chain, instead of working a straight stitch, a buttonhole stitch or cretan stitch was done. By doing this I was able to work a feathered chain stitch lookalike in the first row. In the second row, it was closed feathered chain stitch lookalike. Next row, is two step feathered chain ditto. I might as well try the up and down feathered chain in the last row. Actually we have tried this version as chained buttonhole stitch , I think.

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18.112.feachst-2

A wonderful stitch, which gives scope for experiments. The whole sampler-

18.112.feathered chain stitch sampler

18.112.feathered chain stitch sampler

These explorations are with two rows of feathered chain stitches worked together. I tried working two rows together in four ways. In the second, fourth and the sixth rows, the stitches are worked in the opposite directions from the top rows. The position of the chain and tails stitches vary accordingly. The third row if worked closely will look like new stitch. This stitch is worked over previous row of feathered chain in a different colour. This idea I copied from Queenie, she did this with another stitch on her blog.

18.112.feathered chain st-sampler2

18.112.feathered chain st-sampler2

This stitch is long tailed chain stitch worked in zigzag manner, which gives an effect of feather stitch. The working of this stitch is on SharonB ’s blog.
After working the version on Sharon’s blog in the first row, the chain lengths are varied on the second and third rows. The stitches are worked closely in the fourth row. The closed and open version are alternated in two ways in the fifth and sixth rows.

18.112.feathered chain st- sampler1

18.112.feathered chain st- sampler1