Take a Stitch Tuesday 132 Kikos Flower

I am sure readers who are crazy quilters will love this stitch which was shown to me by a lady from Japan. Her English was not good but she called it flower stitch because worked in a ring it can form a flower. True to skills handed on in the oral tradition I call it Kiko’s flower stitch because I have not seen it documented elsewhere or know its name. If you know it by another name, leave a comment as  I would love to know.

Added Later: Mystery solved! I received an email from Queenie of Queenies Needlework pointing me to the books of Japanese author Sadako Totsuka who looks to be the inventor of this stitch. In Totsuka Embroidery book 8, the stitch is numbered 56, rather than named.

You need to know buttonhole wheel stitch and how to make a bullion knot to work this stitch. You can work 4, 5 and 6 petals of the flower.
The illustration sample is worked in perle #5 cotton Kikos flower stitch 1

Start with a detached chain stitch.

Kikos flower stitch 2Keeping on a curve (as illustrated) insert the needle at the base of the chain stitch and bringing the point out on the outer edge wrap the thread under the needle to make a quarter of a buttonhole wheel stitches in a small fan shape.
Kikos flower stitch 3On the outer edge insert the needle into stitches as illustrated.
Kikos flower stitch 4??Make a bullion knot to catch the stitches down.
??Kikos flower stitch5This unit is what Kiko called a stitch and she worked them in units of 4, 5 or 6.

Kikos flower stitch 6As you can see it makes a nice shape for a textured flower just ad some French knots or beads to the middle.

Kikos flower stitch 7You can also create cascades with this stitch to create petals on a wisteria vine

I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch!

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 131 Beaded Lock stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step sampleThis 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.

Beaded Lock stitch step 1Work 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

Beaded Lock stitch step 2

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.

Beaded Lock stitch step  3Turn your work

Beaded Lock stitch step  4Work 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.

Beaded Lock stitch step  5Both worked row upon row create a highly decorative and quick filling stitch.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 129 and 130 Lock and double lock stitch

This week I would like to share with readers a versatile stitch called Lock stitch. There is also a double version. Both are very quick and easy to stitch, look good in range of threads, will follow a curve or worked row up on row make a wonderful filling stitch.
All that, and (don’t worry I am not going to offer you set of knives) there is the obvious use for borders or as an edging stitch. Also because this is a lacing stitch the lacing thread can be a larger novelty thread which can create some interesting effects.

Lock stitch basically consists of a row of vertical straight stitches that are laced.
Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches

Lock stitch step  1Work a row of straight stitches of equal length

Lock stitch step 2The 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.

Lock stitch step 3Move 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.Note that you are lacing the stitches and not going through the fabric.

Lock stitch step  4Continue in this manner along the line of foundation stitches. At the end of the line take your thread to the back of your work.

Lock stitch step  5Double lock stitch

Double lock stitch is simply a line of lacing along the bottom of the foundation stitches and then a line along the top.

lockstitch-6-double
Double lock worked row upon row creates a very interesting and quick filling stitch.

I hope you enjoy these challenge stitches!

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Take a stitch Tuesday 128 Interlaced Up and down buttonhole

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 11I really hope people like Up and down buttonhole as I have a very interesting variety this week that consist of two rows worked interlaced as you work them back to back. It forms really attractive band that is ideal to use on a border, a seam decoration on a crazy quilt or if you work it row upon row it makes a very nice fill too. You can also add beads for extra zest.

How to work Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

You need to be familiar with Up and Down buttonhole stitch to work this. You first work a row of up and down buttonhole stitch then the interlacing is done on the second row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 1Starting as you would with buttonhole work the first stitch of the pair as a regular buttonhole stitch with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 2For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing upwards as illustrated.

Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.The loop forms as you stitch.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 3Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is wrong the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 4This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. This forms the first pair of tied stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 5Work along the line.

Turn your work.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 6To commence the second row bring your needle from the back so that the thread emerges just above the line of the first row.

Thread the needle under the first bar on the first row, that you have just created. At this stage you are going under the thread but not through the fabric.
Pull the needle through.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 7Work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 8Thread your needle under the next bar and work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 9Continue along the line threading your working thread under each that is between each pair of stitches on the bottom row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 10I have worked the two rows in different colours so readers can see how the two rows are laced together. As you can see you could incorporate beading wit this stitch very easily.

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