Drawn Thread Sampler

This weekend I decided to buckle down and finish the Jane Greenoff sampler I started on holiday. It’s drawn thread and hardanger, I’ve really enjoyed stitching it but it’s all new to me and I haven’t found the instructions particularly user friendly, so I do have to concentrate.

Hardanger SamplerLast weekend I stitched a band of drawnthread embroidery and some buttonhole bars, all that was left was the hardanger sample design at the bottom.

In hardanger connecting  blocks of satin stitch, called kloster blocks, are sewn to make an enclosed area (three diamonds in this design) Threads are then cut to leave a grid within the design. The grid lines left are filled with needle weaving, extra stitches such as dove stitch can also be used. I enjoyed the needle weaving bit, but I found it a bit nerve wracking cutting the threads- there’s no second chance if you snip the wrong one! I also found it difficult to get a neat cut, how close can you cut before you risk catching the embroidery stitches! Dove stitch is the ‘spiders web’ bit in the middle!

With the embroidery complete I then had to decide whether to stitch the drawn thread hem. I carefully read the instructions, read them again…and decided to stop whilst I was ahead! I couldn’t follow them confidently enough to try, they may have made more sense once I started, but I chose to send the sampler off to the picture framers as it is.

I have enjoyed stitching this sampler, I’ve learnt several new stitches and techniques and I’m really pleased with the result, I think it’s beautiful. However…I have also learned that this type of embroidery is not for me, we can’t enjoy everything!

I like Women’s Institute workshops for this very reason, I can try a new craft out without lots of investment, see if I like it. I think of them as taster days!  I tried goldwork once, I made a picture I was proud to frame, but it was hard work, not the relaxation I want from embroidery!

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

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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10 Responses to Drawn Thread Sampler

  1. Chantal says:

    Oh my this is so goooorrrrgeous!! I love it. The stitches, the colours, every thing is just perfect. Love, love, LOVE! Congrats


  2. Kate says:

    Beautiful thread work!


  3. Cathie J says:

    That is a beautiful, colorful spring sampler. I really love the drawn thread heart.


  4. Your project is lovely!


  5. KittyKrea says:

    So beautiful!!


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