Hand Embroidery sampler details 727-730

Hand Embroidery sampler close up detail 727I 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.

Hand Embroidery sampler close up detail 728Detail 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.

Hand Embroidery sampler close up detail 729Detail 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.

Hand Embroidery sampler close up detail 730

Needlework sampler section 51 dDetail 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 details 722 to 726

hand embroidery band sampler detail 722Embroidery 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.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 723The 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.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 724The next ample is worked in  a hand dyed silk thread. It is a type of Eyelet stitch called Algerian overlapping border.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 7725Sample 725 also features this stitch worked in blocks as a fill. I used a commercial dyed variegated cotton perle #8 thread.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 726The 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.

Needlework sampler section 51 dI 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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This is more than a hand embroidery sampler

As I sat to write this, I thought this is more than a embroidery sampler. It is not just the size which is 96 feet long it is that I have lived with parts of this cloth sitting in my sewing box for years and years as I started doing it in 1996. If you are not aware of the whole back story you will find it here. The reason I say it is more than a regular hand embroidery sampler is that I always enjoy experimenting with hand embroidery stitches even  the very basic ones, but as time went on I added more and more snippets of text that marked events in my life.

hand embroidery sampler detail 714

In this area I was playing around with basic stitches. In this case I was working back stitch using a hand dyed thread. This is a blackwork filling pattern but the hand dyed thread gives it a modern twist.

hand embroidery sampler detail 715This is also back stitch worked as a chevron pattern. Hopefully beginners will see what is possible with some of the basic stitches.

hand embroidery sampler detail 716

The next band of my embroidery sampler is running stitch worked row upon row.

hand embroidery sampler detail 717

The band after that echos the chevron pattern. It is running stitch worked in a zig zag formation.

hand embroidery sampler detail 718

This is mainly stem stitch worked in various weights of thread. Some are cotton perle #5, others are 3 threads of stranded cotton floss, other threads are wool. There are also French knots and the beads are secured with straight stitch.

hand embroidery sampler detail 719

The next area is mainly worked in chain stitch in different threads. There is some hand dyed cotton perle #5, some  wool and some linen thread. I also used  French knots and once again the beads are secured with straight stitches.

hand embroidery sampler detail 720

I often stitch while watching the evening news. Often snippets are incorporated in my stitching. I was pleased to hear that we were declared to be finally out of drought when the next news story was that there were floods in Pakistan. I added this using a dark green perle #8 cotton to work the letters in back stitch.

hand embroidery sampler detail 721

This is another area of back stitch that is worked in cotton thread. I added  big chunky beads and woven cross stitch worked in wool.

Needlework embroidery sampler section 51 cI hope you enjoy seeing these are details of my hand embroidery sampler. They are bands 714 to 721 of a section of the sampler which 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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