Needlework Detail 618 on the For love of Stitching Band Sampler

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Needlework Detail 618 on the For love of Stitching Band Sampler

section of hand embroidered needlework samplerThis is a detail of an area on section 45 of  The for Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you click on the sampler image you can see this area of stitching in context.

Stitches on this part of the sampler are:

I had been experimenting with laid stitches and I got interested in grids in general. So with this section I used basic couching to lay down a grid and held it in place with small cross stitches. In the squares of the grid I used detached chain stitch and bugle beads.

It is a simple pattern. The back ground fabric is tea towel linen and not an even weave fabric but I have since worked this on an even weave and it came up nicer as its neater. Sampler however are supposed to be a space where you can learn and experiment so I not too worried about being a perfectionist as some habits of thought can kill creativity.


  • Hand dyed #8 perle cotton
  • Crochet cotton

hand embroidery detail on needlework sampler

Here is  close up detail of the section

hand embroidery detail on needlework sampler


Hand dyed tea towel linen. I used Procion dyes


This section of the sampler was worked in late 2009.


The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and consists of different strips of fabric which are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

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  1. thank you for saying that about the perfectionism – i so want to get my work neat and looking perfect like yours does but sometimes i have to say to my self – it’s ok, i’m just learning and trying things out. overall it’s good that i’m working at being neat, but not if it stops me trying. and of course as i’ve said to myself any number of times when trying out the tast stitches on the ordinary material – geometric stitches will always look more geometric if they’re on geometric fabric ! xx

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