This week I would like to share with readers a variation on double lock stitch so I hope people enjoyed lock stitch! It is a very quick and easy to beaded embroidery stitch, that looks good as a border or worked row upon row for a filling stitch.
You need to be familiar with lock stitch to work this variety.
With this stitch the beading is done during the lacing process using a size 26 tapestry needle as you can thread cotton perle #8 and #5 through the eye of this needle yet it is thin enough to thread a bead and add it to your stitching.
Work a row of straight stitches of equal length.
The lacing is worked from right to left. Bring your thread out on the right side of the first straight stitch.
Pass the thread the needle under the first stitch from the left with the tip pointing right (as illustrated).Pull the needle under the straight stitch.
Add a bead to your working thread
Move to the next straight stitch and pass the needle under from the left with the tip pointing towards the right. Pull the thread through. This will lace together the first two foundation stitches with a bead in the middle. Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.
Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.
Turn your work
Work a second line of laced stitches adding beads in between every second foundation stitch as illustrated.
On this top line you can offset the beads to create a stepped pattern or you can align the beads to form a vertical ridge.
Both worked row upon row create a highly decorative and quick filling stitch.
How to join TAST
Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.
Once you have worked a sample, photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week) and leave a comment.
You can leave a comment about any TAST stitch Don’t be shy give it try!
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