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.

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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.

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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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Woven Cross Stitch

hand embroidery band sampler detail 722

Woven Cross Stitch is also known as cross stitch flower and Interwoven Cross Stitch. No matter the name, Woven Cross Stitch very addictive. It is also one of those stitches that looks a bit ho hum until you work a sample and then you realise how much potential it has. The stitch look like a full bodied cross and looks fantastic with a bead in the middle. You can switch threads half way through the process to use two different colour threads. Experimenting with different threads can lead to some interesting results – for instance it looks great as little flowers when you work it using silk ribbon. Woven Cross Stitch can be used as a flower motif worked along a vine like line or arranged in geometric arrangements to create interesting patterns and fills. Since it is a form of cross stitch you can adapt many cross stitch patterns for this stitch. As a general rule of thumb 4 cross stitches arranged in a square is equal to one Woven cross stitch worked over the same area. The sample above is worked in hand dyed wool on 26 cnt linen

How to work Woven cross stitch or Cross stitch Flower

Woven cross stitch step 1Woven cross stitch is two crossed stitches worked on top of each other with the uppermost cross woven to the bottom cross. It sounds complicated but it not! Start as you would if you were working a regular cross stitch.

Woven cross stitch step 3Next make a third diagonal straight stitch in the same direction as the first stitch you made.

Woven cross stitch step 2Bring your thread out to make the fourth straight stitch but instead of simply moving across and taking your needle down through the fabric, weave the needle through the two bars. Take the needle through and to the back of the fabric as illustrated.

Woven cross stitch step 4That’s it! A simple, quick and very effective stitch. Particularly if you experiment with the thread you use. Crazy quilt template set 2

Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. Templates set 1 you will find here 

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