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 have some gorgeous threads in the stitchdoodles shop which are perfect for playing around with lots of different stitches.
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, why not treat yourself to the Hexagon Sampler Kit which shows you in detail how to stitch 20 different stitches in to your hexagons.
I have featured many stitches in detail on this blog for various patterns and projects – find out all about them here…
I also have a fabulous Pinterest Board featuring lots of stitch tutorials for you to take a look at.
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.
As you can see when my sampler was all stitched up and the Sticky Fabri Solvy had been washed away it looks amaaazing!
Want to download the Free Template
for the Hexagon Sampler?
If you make this Hexagon Sampler, snap a photo as I’d love to see your creations! You can send me photos at email@example.com and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos.
Love the Sampler but need a bit more direction?
You can purchase the Hexie Sampler with 20 Hand embroidery stitches already planned for you to stitch…
Not only that but there are some Hexie spaces left over for you to then fill in with the stitches you have learnt…
If you want to get stitching this and start your embroidery journey this is a great place to start…
- Beginner Hexagon PDF Pattern Template
- Beginner Hexagon Pre printed Fabric Pattern
- Beginner Hexagon Full Hand Embroidery kit