(This is a photograph of the reverse side of the project. Following the correct stitch path can create a reversible effect in many stitches)
“Just remember when looking at larger and more “complicated” samplers that they are not “hard”, they are just big, and just like the longest journey that begins with a single step, so does the largest sampler begin with a single stitch. Those different stitches begin the same way, by sticking the needle first in, then out, of the fabric. Only difference between one type of stitch and the other is where you put that needle and how you manipulate the thread.”
The working of any stitch can be broken down into stages and over time we will be publishing tutorials for stitches found in counted thread work. Using the correct techniques will enhance the appearance of your work.
At Hands Across the Sea Samplers we always have a “doodle” cloth to hand to practice stitches and experiment with colours. Through the centuries embroiderers have experimented with needle and thread adapting and refining techniques but the basic stitches remain the same.
ALGERIAN EYELETS – A REVERSIBLE FINISH
DOUBLE RUNNING STITCH (also known as Holbein, Roumanian or Chiara Stitch)
HOW TO REPAIR A HOLE IN YOUR LINEN
MONTENEGRIN STITCH (worked in a straight line)