Detail 632 on the For love of Stitching Band Sampler

hand embroidery detail on needlework samplerThis band on section 47 of my For love of Stitching band sampler which was stitched in December 2009. The sampler is in Christmas colours of reds, greens and gold.

Stitches Used:

This is a very simple band of pattern darning.




This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more and read the full story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

For the Love of Stitching Sampler Band 545

running  pattern darning sampleThis area is part of section 37 on of the For Love of Stitching band sampler. Stitches on this band are running stitch worked in a pattern darning manner.


The thread is hand dyed silk.


A cotton linen mix that is 22 count.


This section of the sampler was worked February 2009.

pattern darning worked in silk


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.

Sampler FAQ
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.

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

TAST Week 10 highlights

Once again its Monday morning and time for a round up of the TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) highlights. So make a cuppa and I will share with you some of the samples that caught my eye last week.

Every  week it is always hard to choose so do make sure you visit the comments section on week 10 and take a look at the links people have left. If you dont you are missing out!

The versatility of this simple stitch always amazes me but this zebra worked by Annet of Fat Qurater  I thought was exceptional.


Masha shared some Russian pattern darning 


I really enjoyed the freeform approach Jizee took. Take a look at the rest of her samplers on Jizee6687’s weblog.


There is another freeform approach over on Lin’s Arty Blobs


Over on Silk and Stitch and Digital Design there is freeform sample that employs a variety of threads.


Luiz Vaz once again, came up with wonderful imagery, this time of a fountain!


Over on Claudias blog there is a landscape worked in running stitch.


Over on Harvest Moon Ann spent time researching running stitch and did a few samples. She recorded it all in her studio journal and shared it with us.


I can not describe the joy I felt when I saw this piece Oma Rose worked a tribute to Irene Copping a woman we both know and were influenced by. When Oma was young she had her as a sewing teacher. Years later, I worked with Irene Copping when I ran the young stitchers group at our local guild. When I saw this tribute it literally bought tears to my eyes!

Other groups and networks

There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members.

Although I do watch these groups my main focus is here and if you want to contact me do so here as with so much activity I might miss you on the other sites.


Full Guidelines and links to stitches covered in previous weeks are on the TAST FAQ page

All posts relating to TAST are in the Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category