For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 13

For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 13

As I said yesterday the next section of the band sampler is free form and there are numerous stitches and threads used. It can’t be divided into into ‘bands ‘ as such but I will do the best I can and more of it will appear tomorrow.


This band illustrates experiments with  chain stitch, twisted chain stitch, French knot, bullion knot, detached chain, Palestrina knot, Oyster stitch, Basque knot   and knotted Cretan


Hand dyed wool, mercerised cotton, Danish cotton,  and silk,  were used in this section and they are all about the same weight and thickness as perle 5 DMC cotton.

The blue hairy thread is a novelty knitting yarn which I found to go through the fabric and I could work French knots using it.

All threads are hand dyed by me. The Danish cotton, mercerised cotton, silk and wool were purchased in bulk from weavers supplies.


This section of the sampler is a dress linen which is not quite an even weave, hand painted with procion cold water dyes.


Procion cold water dyes for the cotton, wool and silk threads


All samples are 15 cm (6 inches) wide and stitched together in one long band sampler.

Sampler FAQ and back story
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All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.


  1. Anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s stitch! Could you share your sources for your silk and cotton bulk threads with me? I’ve been dyeing silk ribbon and cord but also want to dye my own thread for tassels and embroidery. Dharma trading has a few that might be appropriate, but their selection is limited and seems geared toward knitters. Thanks!

  2. Oh, I love the idea of stitches samples!
    I will definitely have a closer look at the stitches that I don’t know yet. I love embroidery samples more then the embroidered pictures of some questionable artistic value. Your sample reminded me that I have some old German craft book where every stitch was introduced as a small almost abstract picture made entirely in that stitch.

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