Details 658, 659 and 660 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Details 658, 659 and 660 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
The detail below is an area on section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler.


The foundation fabric is some recycled linen that I found in a charity shop. Originally the line was a set of placemats that had stains on them. I  dyed the linen but it was still stained so I cut away the stains and used the fabric in this experimental piece.

hand embroidery detail on needlework sampler

This is an instance of a what I call a little journal or autobiographical piece as it reads “The little red car goes to Melbourne on the 4th of March, then filled with circus humans we went to the Port Fairy Festival” I used hand dyed silk to work back stitch for the text

The Little red car is what we call our red Citroen, the circus humans were my daughter and a friend who were performing at the Festival. Melbourne is about a 8-12 hour drive from Canberra so it was quite a trip!

Detail 659 

hand embroidery detail on needlework samplerStitches

This band of stitches is Vandyke stitch worked in silk. Below is a pattern of satin stitches worked in blocks. I included some sequins shaped like flowers that are secured to the fabric with seed beads.

hand embroidery detail on needlework samplerDate:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.


This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 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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If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

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