Two dramatic bands on my hand embroidery sampler are 734 and 735. Both are samples of Threaded Arrow stitch. Above is a band where I worked a line of arrow stitch and then a line of threaded arrow. The foundation Arrow stitches on all rows is worked in a hand dyed silk thread that is the same thickness as cotton perle #5. I then laced every second line of stitches with a slightly thicker thread.
The second is sample of threaded arrow stitch is 4 rows of arrow stitches that are arranged so that duel row face each other. The foundation thread is a linen thread and blue thread is a crochet cotton.
Hand embroidery sampler detail 731 is a small unassuming line of crossed buttonhole stitch worked in a hand dyed silk thread.
Detail 733 is an interesting variation of buttonhole called Fancy Bobbin Edging which I discovered in an old book called The Batsford Encyclopeadia of Stitches by Anne Butler. This book was published in the late 1970’s and looks very dated with black and white illustrations that are not always clear but there are some interesting varieties in it this is one of them.
Detail 732 is also Fancy Bobbin Edging used to couch down some ribbon. The second line is Fancy Bobbin Edging spaced a bit wider. As you can see I was experimenting with it before I realised it looked better with a close spacing and then I hit upon the idea of changing the height of the vertical arms of the stitch in order to create a pattern.
I hope you enjoy seeing these close up details of my hand embroidery sampler which are part of an on going series of articles here on Pintangle. The sampler 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
I have more close up details from my long hand embroidery sampler. Detail 727 is Algerian Border stitch worked in a hand dyed silk thread that is about the same thickness as perle #8 thread. Algerian Border stitch is an interesting stitch, it is a form of Algerian Eye stitch which is overlapped to create a thick solid band of needlework so it makes a great border.
In the sample above I worked it as a pulled stitch, giving each stitch a tug as I worked them on a hoop under tension. Pulling the stitches is what creates the line of holes which make a pattern. You can also work this stitch as a canvas or needlepoint stitch and it then becomes a filling stitch.
Detail 728 is another example of ‘journalling on my sampler’. I am often watching the evening news as I stitch and in this case Australia’s election results had resulted in a hung parliament. The text is worked in back stitch in hand dyed silk thread. It is a the same thread that I used for detail 727.
Detail 729 are 4 lines of Cretan stitch worked on top of each other to form a thick band . I used hand dyed silk thread and perle #8 thread.
Detail 730 is a pattern created by working Algerian eye stitch and then a line of Satin stitch ( over two of the fabric threads) this is also worked in the same hand dyed silk thread as the other bands of embroidery I have illustrated today.
I hope you enjoy seeing these are details of my hand embroidery sampler. These close up details are part of an on going story. The sampler 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
Embroidery band sampler detail 722 is an example of Woven Cross stitch. This sample is worked in hand dyed wool which is actually a fine knitting yarn.
The next band on my sampler, band 723 is a filling stitch created by working rows of Chevron stitches back to back before tieing the foot bars of each row, with a single straight stitch. I also worked single straight stitches in the space of the chevron pattern which I then tied with a cross stitch.
The next ample is worked in a hand dyed silk thread. It is a type of Eyelet stitch called Algerian overlapping border.
Sample 725 also features this stitch worked in blocks as a fill. I used a commercial dyed variegated cotton perle #8 thread.
The last sample is band 726 which as you see was stitched on the anniversary of the day the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was joined.
I hope you enjoy seeing these are details of my hand embroidery sampler. These details are part of an on going story. The sampler 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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