Section 44 of For the Love of Stitching Sampler

Section 44 of For the Love of Stitching Sampler

Journal needlework samplerAfter the Winter of 2009 (when Mum died) I needed a lift, so come spring I started Section 44 of the sampler.

Normally I use either 25 cnt linen, 28 cnt linen, or Aida for each section but this time in need of a different format  I  patchworked together hand dyed fabrics as the foundation cloth of the sampler. All the fabrics were scraps and left overs from other projects and I felt I was not wasting anything by experimenting on them. I quite like breaking out of the regularity of line upon line of stitching.

This section also has a few more stories that are along autobiographical lines.

A month after Mum died and in need of little break we took a trip to Sydney. I also marked the anniversary of man landing on the moon as it was an event that really caught my imagination as a young teen. With the start of spring, every year Canberra has a huge flower festival called Floriade. A few months later  we went to Christchurch to see Eve (our daughter) perform in a show called Lydian Age.

I did not do a lot of stitching in the second part of 2009 and as a result it was a strange mish mash of a sampler but it someways that reflects that year of my life!

In future posts I will discuss each area of stitchery and explain what threads I used. I hope readers find it interesting as many of the stitches will appear later this year as part of Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST)


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 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimeters), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

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



  1. I’d *love* to know which stitches were used in your sampler 😀 I always wonder what’s used when I see it and was somewhat disappointed in the past that you didn’t mention which stitches you used as there have been a few I wanted to try but couldn’t see what they were.

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