Embroidery Samplers are a fun way of practising hand embroidery stitches.
With this Hexagon Template you start with a blank canvas and fill in each small hexagon with a stitch of your choice. You will love how the design starts to come together as you get better and better with each stitch that you make!
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Traditional quilting designs and techniques are a real favourite of mine, you can’t get more traditional than hexagons – they feature often in many patterns and are really versatile.
I decided to transfer my love of Hexies to my love of hand embroidery and create a sampler with some gorgeous threads.
If you would like to create your own sampler there is a link to the FREE Hexagon template at the end of this post.
How to transfer the pattern to your fabric…
Sticky Fabri Solvy is a water soluble transfer paper that is ideal for quickly transferring a pattern accurately to your fabric.
With a geometrical pattern like this where it is very precise, printing the pattern is ideal and saves a lot of time. After printing the Hexagon pattern on to the solvy and sticking it to my fabric the hexies were ready to stitch. How simple is that!?
Choosing the threads and colours
A stitch sampler is the perfect excuse to play around with different colours and threads.
I recently treated myself to a gorgeous collection of cotton threads in a colour palette called ‘Wildflowers’ from paintbox threads and this seemed to be the perfect project to spil with them.
Decide on your stitches or make it up as you go…
Sometimes it is more fun to make things up as you go so that’s what I decided to do!
These little hexies are perfect to practice so many different stitches on…
As you can see above, there are French Knots, back stitch, seed stitch, chain stitch and long stitch for a bit of variety. Lots of colours and textures to delight.
And in these hexies, there is trellis stitch for the yellow grid effect and a simple running stitch makes up the mauve hexagon.
My personal favourite is the bright lime green couching stitch anchored down with the pink – the contrast looks amazing and was really easy to achieve.
Embroidery Stitch Ideas
If you need some inspiration or a bit of a ‘How To’ for different stitches, you can take a look at my Hand Embroidery Stitch Guide to get you started.
If you are more of a visual learner, there is a FREE Beginner Hand Embroidery course run by Charles and Elin which you can access here.
If you like to learn through books then the ones I personally recommend as I have them myself and have found them invaluable and easy to follow are The Embroidery Stitch Bible and The RSN Book of Embroidery.
For US Readers – here’s the links to these books…
As you can see when my sampler was all stitched up and the Sticky Fabri Solvy had been washed away it looks amaaazing!
Free Template File for the Hexagon Sampler
Get the password for the pattern resource library which contains the free template file here by filling out this form:
If you make this Hexagon Sampler, snap a photo as I’d love to see your creations! You can send me photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos.