For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 113

needlework sampler of hand embroidery
Like the previous section this is a self contained little unit I added to the strip. It is a highly textured area set against some pulled thread work and flat canvas stitches.


This area has a snake like line worked in casalguidi stitch which is surrounded withbullion knots, buttonhole wheel stitch, cast on stitch, double cast on stitch, French knots, Oyster stitch, whipped spider’s wheel stitch,and woven spiders wheel stitch.

Wooden beads are liberally used throughout the piece.

The heavily textured area sits against areas of single faggot stitch which is on page 60 of Pulled Thread Embroidery by Moyra McNeill

needlework sampler of hand embroidery
Threads include DMC perle thread #5, and #8 a hand dyed mercerised cotton,cotton chenille, coton a broder, a hand dyed wool which is about the same weight as Appletons, a soft Danish cotton which feels and works up in a similar way to coton a broder and is matt with no sheen. Also there is hand dyed silk, rayon ribbon floss and hand dyed lampshade fringing which I unpulled and dyed.

All embroidery threads are hand dyed by me.

This section of my sampler is worked on 28 count linen
Procion cold water dyes for threads that consist of natural fibre such as the cotton, wool and silk threads and disperse dyes (also known as transfer dyes) on the synthetic threads such as lampshade fringing and knitting ribbon.


The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 24.8 yards or 22.75 metres long and I have more bands to add.

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For the love of stitch band sampler section 5

hand embroidered area of a needlework sampler

Over the next couple of weeks I will talk about each area of the  For Love of Stitching Band Sampler which was worked in April 1998 on 26 count linen. It is 6 inches wide

In section 5 I took a different turn with my sampler experiments as I decided to work more with the elements of design on samplers. I think regular readers will see the shift in mood.  As you can see this section is very much designed whereas up until this stage I had simply been adding stitches as the fancy took me.

Because I was working from a design – which was a sketch in my studio journal made after a trip to the coast, this section more or less was worked from start to finish in a fairly straight run. Unlike other areas of the sampler I sat down and worked it instead of picking it up when I was in the mood.

I wanted to demonstrate how texture can be used as a design element itself. Most of the threads used are hand dyed by me.

I hope people are enjoying the series. I know that since I have started to write it I have become even more interested in samplers. I am sure people will understand when say it’s a case of the more you put into something the more interesting it becomes. I hope readers sense this too!

What is on the sampler hoop now?

This year since my interest has been stimulated I have been quietly working on new sections for the band sampler. Samples for the new Silk ribbon Embroidery class were all worked on a sampler that will be added to this band sampler. Also this year  I have treated my stitching in more diaristic manner as regular readers had a glimpse of when I announced this months stitch explorer challenge.

This journal aspect is proving to be an interesting challenge which I will share when I piece the sections together. A bit of an overarching narrative will be easily conveyed and understood by then.

One thing I have noticed too in blogging the past sections I have been picking up the present section more often and it is growing much quicker.  This is an unexpected benefit to documenting the rest of the sampler!

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For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Sections 3 and 4

sampler section 4I have come to another join in the For Love of Stitching band sampler. It feels like I was documenting the last band for ever and day. I hope it was not too boring.

As I explained when I introduced the last piece most of the stitches worked in the last section were to demonstrate stitches for The Young Stitchers group at the local branch of the Embroiderers Guild which I co-ordinated at the time. I hope the continual basic stitch day after day did not put people off.

I thought I would show you an over all picture so that I can set thing the coming bands in context a little.

section 3 of needlework sampler

I am going to talk about the next two sections of the sampler that I will document band by band in the next few weeks.

The next section is very small and is more of a doodle cloth stitched in February 1998. When I pieced the sampler together I decided to include it  as it has a few drawn thread stitches and some needle weaving on it.  Just a reminder for those who have not swung by the  post that introduced this series this sampler is made up of a series of smaller samplers pieced together.

At the time, I decided rather than file it away in a binder in one of those plastic pockets never to see the light of day again, I would include it as a sample of something that was just picked up, fiddled with, stitched a bit, not fussed over but still a worthwhile exercise.

The piece is worked on a scrap of furnishing fabric that I discovered in a swatch book from a soft furnishing and curtain shop here in Canberra. It was a bone colour and I dyed the fabric on one of those dyeing days when everything gets tipped into the pot.

The section after that is amore experimental piece which hopefully people will enjoy.

It was worked in March of 1998 on hand dyed 26 cnt linen. I used procion dyes.

At this stage I was becoming more interested in using samplers as tools to record what I did.

Although it does not look like it in many ways it was during the working of this sampler that I consolidated some ideas about using band samplers as something to  reference.

That is all I can think to write about. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. I will do my best to answer.

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All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.