Looking closely at my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

hand embroidered sampler bandAs I have said before I had fun experimenting on this particular area of my sampler I think I really just relaxed into it because it was a very long piece of linen. I explained on this page that my local branch of the Embroiderers guild has a recycle table and one week I found  scored a piece  good even weave 25 cnt linen that was cut 8 inches wide and 10 feet long!

Band 707 is Cretan stitch worked closely together in hand dyed silk thread that is about the same thickness as perle #8.

hand embroidered sampler band

The next band on the sampler was stitched as I watched the evening news I was at the time stunned but happy to see a female in the role.

hand embroidered sampler band

Band 709 is arrow stitch (or arrowhead)  worked row upon row. I worked a length of thread in one colour then when it ran out even if it was mid row I continued in another colour. Threads used are cotton and silk. Worked like this it can look a bit like knitting.

710On Band 710 I returned to working Cretan stitch row upon row.

hand embroidered sampler band The next band, 711 is an example of chevron cretan. It is a half and half stitch, one side being chevron and the other side being cretan. I will share the instructions on how to do this soon.

hand embroidered sampler bandI then experimented with pulling the stitches. The thread is wool so I did not pull too hard on arrow stitch (or arrowhead)  and back stitch. Next I worked a line of Satin stitch in a hand dyed wool thread.

hand embroidered sampler band 713Band 713 is really a reflection on the story of this whole piece of fabric. ( If you do not know it the whole back story you will find it here). I think my comment speaks for itself…

Needlework sampler section 51 bThese are close up details 707 to 713. I hope you have enjoyed them and I hope  this is not too many details in one post. I have my fingers crossed that people will like the overload!

This section of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010. The sampler itself is only 6 inches wide but it is 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long you can read about why it exists on the Sampler FAQ page

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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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Arrow or Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 10There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch that are listed in various stitch books. One is a horizontal version and one is vertical. The vertical version is sometimes called Upright Arrow or both versions can be called simply Arrow stitch. The Horizontal version is also known as Zig Zag stitch.

Both varieties are a good example of an easy quick stitch. The geometric structure leads to much pleasure, as Arrow stitch can be arranged in numerous patterns which can be used for borders or fills.

This is a good stitch for children and beginners.

How to work Arrowhead Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch step 1Horizontal Arrow stitch is made up of a line of straight stitches worked at right angels to each other in a zig zag formation.

Arrowhead Stitch step 2Work from left to right along 2 imaginary lines, building line as illustrated.

Arrowhead Stitch step 3As you can see this stitch can be built into patterns if you work row upon row.

Arrowhead Stitch sample2Or you can work lines back to back

Arrowhead Stitch sample 3Add more lines to those

Arrowhead Stitch sample 4Overlap lines that are worked at different scale.

Arrowhead Stitch sample 5Combine upright and horizontal Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 6Then build more on that pattern too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 7You can also use this stitch to couch on a ribbon!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 8

How to work Upright Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch upright 2arrow-upright2Upright Arrowhead stitch is equally easy and quick to work making it an ideal stitch for beginners and children.

This stitch consists of a pair of straight stitches worked at right angles to each other.

Work down the line between 2 imaginary lines, building up the pattern in the manner illustrated.

As with horizontal Arrowhead stitch the geometric nature of this stitch means you can easily build up patterns and designs with this stitch. You can use it for both a border stitch or as a filling stitch.

I like to use it in contemporary work in a improvisational manner too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 9

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