Stitches in Time

DSC_0016It was spring 2017 when I got inspired by various stitch samplers and textile books on Pinterest, it took me until early summer to formulate my ideas enough to start the project. I wanted a usable sample of stitches with a page or two per group. My original plan was to include little snippets of news too, but the news seemed very doom and gloom at the time, so I switched to making it my own little journal, where I was when I stitched a page, notable dates, it’s made a lovely record of 18 months of my travels and stitching.Stitch Sampler; www.thecraftycreek

I learnt lots of new stitches along the way, there’s over 150 different ones in the book, helped hugely by Sharon Boggon’s website Pintangle. She must have instructions on hundreds of stitches, a veritable treasure trove! I also used a different DMC variegated thread for each one, it does help to see how they stitch up and you know how much I like variegated threads!!Stitch Sampler; www.thecraftycreek

I stitched seven double page spreads and a front and back page too, I stitched the pages together by whip-stitching the back-stitches I’d made round each double page. Each page also had a bit of interfacing behind to to give it a bit of crispness. This is where I was last time I shared it with you…Stitch Sampler; www.thecraftycreek

All I had to do was make the cover!

I decided to keep the cover fairly simple and practical, so it’s made from quilting fabrics rather than embroidered. In my stash I had a gorgeous selection of William Morris inspired teal and navy fabrics, I’d been waiting for the right project for them and decided this was it! I did decide to embroider a little label just saying ‘Stitch’ though, with variegated thread of course! This was my original layout plan…DSC_0003 (2)

I worked out the measurements I wanted for the book with 3″ added on each end to fold over and make a pocket, this would also cover the end pages nicely. I stitched the top together, I initially added a layer of batting on the back to help soften it, but it came out too bulky so I cut it off later! I added interfacing to the back of the lining, I found in my interfacing drawer some very thick ‘stuff’ I have no idea what it is, I think I might have bought it to stiffen a pincushion a couple of years ago, it has a slight crunchy feel to it. I tested a scrap to see if it was iron on but it didn’t appear to be so I cut the exact size I wanted the book to end up.DSC_0001 (2)

I layered the cover together, securing it with clover clips and stitched three sides, I left the short back end completely open so I could manoevre the thick ‘stuff’ in afterwards! I turned it and pressed it, this is when I realised the batting was too bulky. Having cut it out IĀ  could wriggle in the thick stuff fairly easily. Luckily I did a few small adjustments to check it was in the right place before I pressed it as the pressing fused it all together! I’ve still no idea what the ‘stuff’ is but it’s made a nice finish and takes a crease well – I pressed either side of the spine and it’s shaped the book nicely. Having slip-stitched the end I edge stitched round the whole piece to help keep the edges crisp. This is the one thing I would change – I didn’t think to change my bobbin thread and the start and finish looks a bit untidy!DSC_0005

The next job was to stitch the pages in. I spent a while fiddling here, trying to ensure the pages sat OK, I used the clover clips to hold them in place again before slip-stitching the sides and using herringbone over the end. The final stitching was to slip-stitch the flaps down and the basic book was finished.Ā DSC_0007

The ‘Stitch’ label is just attached with Bondaweb, I wanted a pretty fastener so I made a cord with two DMC threads and stitched on two silver buttons, it just finishes it off nicely. I’ve a pretty co-ordinating booklet it slip in the back pocket in which to write the names of all the stitches.DSC_0010

I’m really pleased with how this sampler book has turned out, I’ve already used it for ideas on stitches. It’s also really nice that sharing this here has inspired others to start their own…DSC_0012DSC_0014

Stitch Sampler; www.thecraftycreek


Happy dance time again!

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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38 Responses to Stitches in Time

  1. claire93 says:

    wow! This is a work of patience, beauty and everything about your Sampler book is so lovely. The William Morris print for the cover is such a wonderful choice.

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    What a brilliant resource and so very pretty. Happy Dancing with you.


  3. Shasta says:

    This is so beautiful! A great finish to a great project! Are you giong to make another one?

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It is remarkable. It will not only be a help for you but a beautiful heirloom.

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  5. Kay says:

    What a beautiful record of stitches and memories

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  6. Laura says:

    Love, love, LOVE!

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  7. Elsy Menko says:

    Totally gorgeous! So beautifully crafted, a heirloom to be cherished

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  8. What a treasure! You have a lovely reference book to inspire and embellish your future projects:)ā¤ļø

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  9. Lynne says:

    Lovely! I need to have/do one of these.

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  10. anne54 says:

    What a delightful treasure! I can imagine your pleasure when you hold it and open it.

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  11. prue batten says:

    It’s come up beautifully, Margaret! I wish you were in Australia to take a class in putting it all together. As always with most things you accomplish, I’m a rampant fan. Can’t wait to see what you fill the space left by the stitch book with.

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  12. katechiconi says:

    Beautifully finished. So often one hits a snag when assembling something like this and the end result can be disappointing, but this is a triumph. I know you’ll use it often.

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  13. kathyreeves says:

    ā¤ļøā¤ļø What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! Your stitch journal will make you smile for years, and when you open it you will be inspired again and again. It is a marvelous piece of needle art!

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  14. KerryCan says:

    This is my favorite of all your projects! The book part turned out perfectly!

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  15. Mary says:

    This is so cool. What an amazing project! And your post here is such an inspiration with good info to try it myself someday!

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  16. wybrow1966 says:

    I thought it was lovely before you added a cover. The finished result is gorgeous!

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  17. I LOVE your stitch book. I’ve really enjoyed watching you work on it, and the finishing is outstanding. Congrats on a great project.

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  18. Sarah says:

    Your sampler book is gorgeous! I’ve been thinking of doing something similar for all the stitches on my sewing machine and your book is a real inspiration!

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  19. Gail says:

    I have watched with interest as you worked in the pages of your stitch book. What a beautiful way to finish it off! Congratulations!

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  20. That is beautiful and such an accomplishment! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  21. magpiesue says:

    I had visions of doing something like this once upon a time. Not sure I could pull it off now. I love what you’ve done though!

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  22. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, this stitch book is absolutely gorgeous, all your hard work has really been worth it. It is such an inspiring project, I would love to make one, but as always a little timid about my skills. Kind regards Mandy xx


  23. daneesey says:

    Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous!! What a great project!!!


  24. Catherine says:

    This is such an incredible project! What a wonderful way of learning stitches and recording snippets of your life too. And a real heirloom too!


  25. Lynda Heines says:

    What a wonderful journal and a great resource to refer back to. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. eileen chisari says:

    This stitch journal is inspiring!!!!! Can you please tell me the dimensions of your pre-stitched double pages? Thank you

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  27. Barbara Bragg Gross says:

    I have enjoyed seeing your pages as you made them. I want to make a book but whether I do or not I plan to read the instructions until I’m sure I understand. Maybe if I read enough instructions I will feel confident enough to start. Thank you for being so helpful.

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