Drawn Thread Sampler

This year I decided to take an embroidery kit on holiday instead of a book, it’s much lighter to pack and it’s nice to have a bit of quiet time, even on holiday!

Jane Greenoff band samplerI chose one I bought last year at the Knitting and Stitching show, it’s designed by Jane Greenoff and I bought it as a bit of a trial; I’ve not done any counted thread embroidery before and I’ve admired the mini strawberry sampler book for a couple of years, it’s gorgeous, but for once I was sensible and decided to try one of the simpler kits first. Heather Hemstitch and Hardanger is a lovely band sampler, all in my favourite heathery colours. There’s a nice mix of stitches, cross-stitch, drawn thread, embroidery stitches and hardanger. To give you an idea of size it’s designed to be either made into a needlecase or framed as a picture.

Band samplerWhat ever the instructions say I still can’t bring myself to measure down and start at the top, so I started in the middle with the cross-stitch flower, well within my comfort zone!! I then stitched upwards towards the drawn-thread. When I first read the instructions I wasn’t sure about it, but they are the sort of instructions that make complete sense once you actually start following them. Having said that, they do presume a certain level of knowledge about embroidery stitches so I couldn’t recommend the kit for a complete beginner, for example there are no instructions about couching or buttonhole bars and only a drawing of hemstitch which is where I hesitated as I wasn’t sure if stitches had to be done in a certain order, I just did it like backstitch. That was the one time I really missed internet on holiday!!

Hardanger heartThe hardanger heart was interesting to do, the outer squares are stitched first, then threads are cut and pulled out to leave a grid, these are then stitched using needle weaving. The heart was embroidered in a lovely variegated perle thread, with a thinner version for the needle weaving.

The diagrams of the hemstitch and somerset stitch didn’t print that clearly on my copy, so I’m glad to be home with google before I start the somerset stitch band!

I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the sampler now and I’m really pleased with it, I like doing band samplers as there’s just enough to get the hang of a new stitch without getting bored!! I still haven’t decided if I’m just going to do the band or if I’m going to hem it too, it’s going to be framed whatever.

Heathe Hemstitch and HardangerI’m linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to Drawn Thread Sampler

  1. Lisa says:

    This is very nice work. Beautiful colours and fine stitching.


  2. craftycreeky says:

    Thank you Lisa, I love the colours too, it’s what drew me to this kit. I’m enjoying learning new stitches.


  3. It is amazing! Congratulations on tackling such a complex stitchery!


  4. Sue says:

    What a beautiful project!


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