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.
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.
This is also back stitch worked as a chevron pattern. Hopefully beginners will see what is possible with some of the basic stitches.
The next band of my embroidery sampler is running stitch worked row upon row.
The band after that echos the chevron pattern. It is running stitch worked in a zig zag formation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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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