This is the Spring Sampler I am working on, I was fortunate to pick up a good printed linen 'second' from Lorna Bateman's stall at the SECC creative stitches show about 2 years ago.
It was nice to catch a chat with her at the show this year, where we discussed the stitches she had used and the thread widths etc. I also bought a selection of the beautiful Chameleon Threads that she sells.
The piece measures 9 "x 13 "
Working on the A~Z stitch tags for Tag Tuesday has prompted me to make a start on the sampler,
I'm not one for doing pre-printed samplers usually but the tempting mix of freestyle stitching, stump~work and ribbon work, which I have never tried before, appealed to me.
I began with the words I used white French floss and stitched them in whipped back stitch.
Next I did the borders, for the sides, I choose Anchor Pearl 5 thread in variegated greens ( No 1352 )
The outer and inner lines are worked in double knot.
I beaded these two leaves to try out the beads I bought for size, Lorna advised size 15 but I couldn't get the colour in that size so I bought size 11 and used 6 beads on each leaf instead of the 10 she used. I will wait till later to bead the rest of leaves.
for the smaller leaves in the top and bottom borders I used 'Lemon & Lime' one of the Carron Wildflower threads.
Daises ~ stems in DMC 3052 Green Grey Med
petals white french floss, centres DMC 744 pale yellow
& a herringbone border
now adding french knots I'm using one of the Chameleon threads
'Spring Garden' (79) Perle No 8
I originally put the piece on a large frame but found in the end that it's easier and more portable to work in a hoop, I will transfer it to the frame again when its time to do the ribbon work and stump-work to keep it flat.
more soon as I progress .....