A B C an online workshop ~ a PDF download


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Everything we learn leads to something further, it gives us the power to do something beyond ourselves.

There is no charge for students to download this file. Pop it into your basket and go to the checkout. Do not use the yellow PayPal button as there is no money to pay, the PDF is complimentary.

This PDF download is copyrighted to Mrs Parkman’s Academy of Needlework. Please do not share the PDF file or a printed copy of the PDF.

This little sampler is a learning exercise. The graph has no thread legend or stitch instructions. I want you to choose your own colours and fabric from your stash.

You can use use either Aida or linen. The stitch count is 266 x 49. You will need to work out the size of your fabric as this workshop is focused on learning all aspects of the project. Hands Across the Sea Sampler’s has a fabric calculator which can be accessed HERE.

You will need 7 different colours but feel free to be creative and amend the colours or number of colours. Putting together a palette of colours is part of the learning experience.

Access to the stitch tutorials will be via Hands Across the Sea Sampler’s YouTube account. Each week a new stitch tutorial will be released starting on May 19, 2024.

The stitches we will cover in depth are:

  • Starting your thread.
  • Cross stitch which will include cross stitch over one and two threads, and two versions of reversible cross stitch (marking stitch).
  • Running stitch.
  • Double running stitch.
  • Back stitch.
  • Two versions of herringbone stitch.
  • Long-armed cross stitch.
  • Blanket stitch.
  • Half stitch.
  • Chain stitch.
  • Double feather stitch.
  • Elongated cross stitch.
  • Fern stitch.
  • Long-armed feather stitch.
  • Smyrna cross.
  • Satin stitch.
  • Berlin lacework.
  • Turkey work.

I hope you will encourage your friends to participate. Please share your progress and finish in your flosstubes and on your own social media pages. Please credit Hands Across the Sea Samplers.