After stitching three samplers for week 55 of the Take a Stitch Tuesday embroidery challenge, I ended up working stitches 56 and 57 onto a single sampler. I still managed to record everything I wanted to remember though!
Stitch 57 was feathered chain stitch, which I’ve done before and is a real favourite of mine. The version of feathered chain stitch that I know is slightly different to the one Sharon uses, so I recorded both versions in a range of different threads, plus one in green perle cotton with beads up the centre.
Stitch 56, lock and double lock stitch were totally new to me, however. I tried them in circles, as fillings, and with beads which I think all work really well. The real surprise was when I worked them into leaf shapes with the initial straight stitches leaning in different directions on the flower on the right. I really like the way the dark green leaf on the left looks.
I’ll definitely be using this stitch in the future. I think it would be a great stitch to use in combination borders for all sorts of purposes.