Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 701 and 702

Needlework sampler section 51 aBelow are 2 details from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you are curious and want to know more about this part of the sampler click on the thumbnail.

Size, Date and Fabric 

This strip of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010 on 25cnt evenweave linen

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. The backstory is on Sampler FAQ page.

Stitches and thread used

This detail is a variety of Cretan stitch. I first lay down a foundation row of stitches that had a pattern of 2 large wide stitches and then 2 small stitches. I worked them in hand dyed wool.  Next I laced them with a thread called bunka. It is called bunka thread but it actually a fine cord. You often find commercial tassels and fringing made out of it. It is very soft and has a lovely drape which means you can easily stitch with it.

Needlework Sampler detail

The next band on the sampler is another experiment. Once again I worked a row of Cretan stitch then I buttonholed the bars of every second unit. It was fun to do and I think would look good with a bead in the middle of each U shape.

Needlework Sampler detail

 

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Sampler FAQ
The Sampler FAQ page will give you more information about this project or you can browse back through the series by reading the articles in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

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8 Responses to Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 701 and 702

  1. Annet says:

    Love your buttonholed variation!

  2. Nora says:

    This is beautiful. I will be trying this soon.
    Merry Xmas
    Nora

  3. Hi Sharon,
    Beautiful seams. I often thought of buttonholing Cretan stitch. Thanks for showing this.
    Chitra

  4. Marie says:

    Wow these are some gorgeous samples, and gorgeous threads too. Thank you for sharing so many detailed pictures, your blog is always a huge treat.

  5. PatQuilts says:

    Love these two stitches! I’ll post on WIP when I’ve used them.

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