Stitch wheel Sampler SAL

Last Thursday the final two sections of the stitch wheel were released, so over the weekend I managed to finish it.

The final two were knotted blanket stitch and Quaker stitch. I didn’t get on with the knotted blanket stitch, we stitched it into a leaf shape, I just found it difficult to get neat and even. Quaker stitch I liked, apparently it was first used in the Quaker Tapestries (in Kendal, worth a visit if you’re over that way) It’s a mixture between split back stitch and stem stitch, it gives a nice raised line. It works well on curves too as you can see from my initials.

I’m planning to display it in a hoop and hang it in my sewing room. I’ve also seen the idea of writing a key on the back so I can see which stitch is which. I thought I’d use a silver gel pen on some cotton interfacing ironed onto wool felt so I can then stitch it over the back, keep it all neat. I’ll let you know how it goes!

This stitch-a-long was organised by Cathy Reavy of Threads, all the videos are free on YouTube and it’s been a great way of learning and trying out lots of new stitches. Whilst she hasn’t got the most relaxed style on video the demonstrations are nice and clear and she does show for left-handed stitchers too. I’ve enjoyed it and I’m pleased with the final sampler.

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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13 Responses to Stitch wheel Sampler SAL

  1. claire93 says:

    that’s a fabulous finish, Margaret!

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  2. endrickwater says:

    What a wonderful sampler. I agree that backing it and labelling the stitches is an excellent idea. Must try out Quaker stitch — sounds a really useful one to have in the repertoire.

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  3. A beautiful finish and a great reminder when you are looking for something a little different in your embroidery work. xx

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  4. Sharon says:

    This will be lovely hanging on your sewing room wall 🙂

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely sampler – well done, Margaret!

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  6. You most definitely should be pleased with this lovely work.

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  7. Cathie J says:

    This is a wonderful way to learn new stitches and create something pretty in the process!

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  8. Ivani says:

    This is a lovely stitch sampler

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  9. Suzette Harris says:

    So gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Karrin Hurd says:

    Beautiful stitch sampler!

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