The lock stitch: day 6

May 17, 2008

These are more lock stitch samples.

Some I’m please with and some I’m not. This stitch has been causing me all sorts of problems with tension. The straight stiches need to have some play in them. When binding three together the middle stitch should have very little play.

On the first sample the tension problem is very evident. The others only slightly better.

Before doing SharonB’s TSTC last year, i”m not sure I’d have posted these samples. Working through 2007, I began to realize my major concentration in samples needs to be capturing the idea. When stitching in a piece, then concentrating on good technique as well as idea come into play.

These are some samples i’m very excited about.

Computers have moved from my favorites to my frustration list this week. My new computer is still not on line, I’m waiting for a piece of equipment to arrive. I wasn’t able to add photos for this post for over two or three hours today. Worst yet something is wrong with my regular email account.

I contacted my email provider last week. And I apparently have the same problem again or it never was solved in the first place. I’m using another account with a different provider. If you’ve been trying to reach me and haven’t heard back from me, please leave a comment. And I will contact you through the other provider until everything is resolved else where.

On a happier note, I’ve been fascinated with the new one color geometric avatars springing up everywhere. They have been inspiring me to think how much fun it would be to stitch up some small patterns in little squares.

The lock stitch: day 5

May 16, 2008

More explorations on the lock stitch have been going on. This post will bring a few more samples up to date.

Charlie Parker at lines and colors  wrote this on the orphan bill act I mentioned several posts ago.  Many thanks to him for raising the issue with his readers. If you haven’t checked it out, please do, he has concisely outlined the issues involved.

The lock stitch: day 4

May 7, 2008

Many thanks to those who have been leaving such kind and encouraging comments. I’ve been reading them but have been unable to respond to my emails this week. Due several personal issues I’m struggling to find time and energy that I generally have on hand to blog. I will slowly be getting back to everyone with thank yous and notes. I’m hoping that by next Monday things should be up to par again.

The lock stitch “off grid” work has been rather disappointing but I took some of the work back “on grid” and liked the circle and two lines of the double wraps.

The lock stitch: day 3

May 5, 2008

I think this is the last day of school girl mode with the lock stitch for a while. I’ve turned to some “off grid” work.

I will just take time out to mention that I enjoyed reading about some work Lynnis Burt has been doing in the current issue of CQMagOnline. Her work is beautiful and Barbara Blankenship also presents Lynnis’ technique for dying the edges of ribbons in a tutorial. Many thank to all involved in putting out the CQMagOnline.

The lock stitch is so easy and can lend itself to so many things. I keep thinking about couching and hope to experiment with that as I work “off grid”.

Mirrored worked on slanted straight stitches.

Middle bind mirrored

Two binds

Binding in a three/three pattern…wish I’d have beaded the middle thread on the down bind.

Binding four straight stitches mirrored and off set  

I’m still working on the darning pattern piece. It is winding down. I think that I’ve only two more patterns to stitch. But they are all worked out. Now I’m only wondering how it will be possible to polish up the loose ends and finish it.


The lock stitch: day 2

May 1, 2008

Update: I kept wondering why no one was responding to this post and to my amazement found wp thinks it May 1 at 7:31am. This was scheduled to post at May 1, 12:33pm. According to my time it is now May 1 8:36pm. Can any one clue me in, please?  I’ve bee setting publishing times by local time for a long time now. Has any thing changed? Thanks very much.

These are more lock stitch samples. I’m still in school girl mode.

But I want to take it “off grid” soon. Someone said this is one of the stitches that Beaney and Littlejohn put in their booklet, A Tale of Two Stitches. I’m going to see if I can find a copy of that at the library.

In all of these samples I’ve worked with a pattern of three/two on the straight stitches rather than the standard two/two.

That’s what gave me the idea of beading.

Yes rather uneven. It’s the idea not the perfection of the idea.


I don’t know how many read EGA Cyberstitchers’ list so I will pass on a link to some work by sculptor, Fraser Smith. He carves basswood into quilts. Then he stains the wood to to keep it more clothlike in appearance and touch. If you haven’t see his work before and are interested, it is well worth taking time to swing by. Many thanks to the lady who posted this information on the list. I spent some delightful moments looking around, amazed at the detail of the work.

He has a page explaining some how the work is done and so forth. And it made me think about SharonB‘s May TIF challenge concept again. I may opt for the palette this time. The concept at this point seems way beyond me. But what else is this challenge about? I better take some more time to think about it and write down a few scattered thoughts.

The lock stitch: Day 1

April 30, 2008

A news item before the stitch:

And exciting news to me. Needlecrafter’s stitch dictionary is available again. I appreciate this one so much and have been missing it often. Many thanks to them for continuing to provide this resource. If you haven’t seen this site before a link is available on my stitch dictionary page.

I’m in school girl mode with a new-to-me stitch, the lock stitch (This link puts you on the right page to scroll down to the stitch and then click the illustration for a pop up window.). Its one of the stitches that I found while looking through a box of books that arrived a couple of weeks ago. It was in a stitch dictionary book by Anne Butler. I love the stitch and I’ve been having fun with it in between my other stitching.


The lock stitch is another stitch worked on a base of straight stitches. I was laughing to my self about how I got into exploring these stitches this year. It was all due to my January TIF design and trying to find a good stitch for table and chair legs. The locker stitch doesn’t help me there. But it is an useful stitch in its own right.

I was pleased with the lines I could make in a hurry with it and it seems ideal for a fast border. I’ve experimented a couple beads ideas, too. Photos on those should be up tomorrow.

  A one sided lock stitch?

The lock stitch is not a precise stitch. It allows for a variety of tensions on the thread. This changes the appearance of the stitch as you may note in some of today’s samples. Some tensions will not work for certain application and fabrics and threads involved may limit suitability, too. These samples were using a pima cotton thread and fairly sturdy 28 count linen. I was getting close or a little beyond the limits in some cases.

Many thanks go out to Arts and Designs for their glossary with the lock stitch.