A closer look at details on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

sampler band 706 Herringbone Cretan + Arrow stitch I had fun experimenting on this particular area of my sampler. The middle is made up of 2 lines of herringbone Cretan stitch. The herringbone feet are very narrow and the beads cover it a little but it is an interesting variety of Cretan stitch. I worked it in a hand dyed perle #5 cotton and top and bottom border is made up of a variety of arrow stitch.

sampler band 703 Cretan stitch I was experimenting with varieties of Cretan stitch. On this band I changed the height of the arms. The row is worked in a hand dyed cotton perle #5. (You can tell which thread I reach for all the time)

sampler band 704 Cretan stitch This is a line of Cretan stitch worked closely and it is also worked using a hand dyed cotton perle #5.

sampler band 705 Crossed chain stitch and beadingThen I must have changed my mind or spotted this stitch in a book and decided to try it as the area is chained cross worked row upon row to form a pattern . The chain cross is stranded hand dyed variegated cotton and I added beads in the spaces between the stitches.

Needlework sampler section 51 aThese are close up details 703 to 706 that I worked on section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you are curious and want to know more about this section of the sampler click on the thumbnail. The sampler itself is only 6 inches wide but it is 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long.

In this section of the sampler the fabric I used is a 25cnt evenweave linen and it was worked between June and December of 2010.

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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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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 698, 699 and 700

Needlework sampler section 51 aThese are 3 details on section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. Click on the thumbnail of the sampler if you are curious about it.

Size, Date and Fabric 

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. You can read about it on the the Sampler FAQ page.

The fabric is a 25cnt evenweave linen and this section was worked between June and December of 2010.

This detail is two lines of Cretan stitch. It is a very simple variation that even new hands to embroidery can do. The first row was worked wide with the arms spaced quite far apart. I used a hand dyed wool. The second line is cotton and worked smaller with the arms sitting in the spaces created by the first line. The cotton forms an interesting ridge.

Needlework Sampler detail

The next detail is crossed chain with French knots between each cross.

Needlework Sampler detail

Detail 670 is a line of herringbone that I tied once with green cotton perle. I left lots of space between each stitch as I knew I wanted to add a row of Cretan stitch. This is worked in yellow silk and tied twice with green cotton perle. I then added a fan of detached chain stitches to the top of each herringbone.

Needlework Sampler detail

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 696 and 697

Needlework sampler section 51 aI have 2 more details to share today. Both are  from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you want to know more about this part of the sampler click on the thumbnail as it is a link to the article about this section.

Size, Date and Fabric 

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. You can read about it on the the Sampler FAQ page.

The fabric is a 25cnt evenweave linen

This strip of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010.

Stitches used in this area

This detail is another variation of slipped detached chain. I turned them on their side and instead of working regular detached chain stitch in the middle  of the arms I worked oyster stitch. I also used different threads. I used perle #8 cotton, rayon and hand dyed wool. I really enjoyed the mix of threads.

Needlework Sampler detail

Detail 697 is slipped detached chain worked in the spaces of herringbone. The herringbone is cotton perle and each chain has a little bead in the middle.

Needlework Sampler detail

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Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler detail 693, 694 and 695

Needlework sampler section 51 aI have 3 details to share with readers. They are all from section 51 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler, and demonstrate how you can vary a stitch.  If you are curious  click on the thumbnail to find out more about this section of the sampler.

Size, Date and Fabric 

The whole sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long. You can read about it on the the Sampler FAQ page.

The fabric is a 25cnt evenweave linen

This strip of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010.

Stitches used in this area 

Detail 693 is worked in hand dyed wool. The flower heads are made of slipped detached chain stitches. The stems are back stitch and the detached chain was used to represent the leaves.

band 693

Detail 694 are also worked in a similar manner only when I worked the head of the flower, instead of using a detached chain I used oyster stitch. The yellow flowers are wool and the stems in back stitch are perle #8 cotton

Sampler detail 694

This detail is another experiment. I worked sets of 4 slipped detached chain stitches in squares and pointed them towards the middle. I then added a wooden bead. They are quite bulky as beads go but I liked the rough and ready look. The wool is a hand dyed thread.

Needlework Sampler detail

 

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