Take a Stitch Tuesday 134 Fern stitch

fern stitch sampleThis is an easy stitch that is ideal to use for floral sprays and since Holiday season is just around the corner this stitch is ideal for simple wreaths. In this sample I have worked it on the diagonal to keep the demonstration simple but you can work fern stitch on curves or in geometric patterns

How to work fern stitch

Fern stitch consists of a simple arrangement of 3 straight stitches.

fern stitch step  1Bring the thread from the back of the fabric and work a straight stitch.

fern stitch step  2Next work a straight on the left side followed by a straight stitch on the right side.

fern stitch step 3This unit of 3 straight stitches is repeated along the line.

fern stitch step 4The spine can be further decorated with french knots of beads.

It is a very simple stitch that lends itself to all sorts of applications and can be taught to children.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 133 Triple Chain

In my last post about the bands on my sampler, I shared a photo of band 681 and I realised this stitch was not yet in TAST so here it is!

I found this stitch in Edith Johns Creative Stitches (p44) and it’s heaps of fun. Triple chain is quite easy to work, quick and simple as it is a chain stitch with two side stitches.

Sample of Triple Chain Stitch It can be very effective particularly if you vary the height or angle of the chain stitches down the side. You can easily add beads or lace novelty threads through the loops. You can use a variety of threads from fine cotton perle to silk ribbon.

How to work Triple Chain stitch

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 1Start with a chain stitch.

Bring the thread to the front of the fabric and insert the needle closely to where the thread emerges.

Take the needle through the fabric, bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop.

Take your needle to the back of the fabric forming a small straight stitch over the loop, to hold the chain down.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 2

This creates the first chain.

Rotate your work clockwise, to work a second chain stitch placed at right angles to the first stitch.

Make sure the chain stitch tie is pointed to the middle of the line.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 3Rotate your work again to work another chain stitch on the other side of the central line.

The tie stitch should point to the middle.

Insert your needle into the middle of the first chain stitch, just above the first tie and make chain.

Make another chain stitch.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 4Once again turn your work to make each of the two wings. Repeat the process along the line.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 6

I hope you enjoy this challenge stitch!
Triple Chain Stitch

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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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