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Welcome to Week 7!
The sampler is starting to fill up really nicely now so I thought it would be a good idea to concentrate on a few particular areas of the sampler from now and go over some stitches we have already done as well as a couple of new ones if they fit!
Let’s fill in the 2 areas on the bottom left and bottom right of the sampler that you can see here…
Stitching the grid…
I love laid filling work (trellis work)and there are so many ways of creating a beautiful effect, I decided to make it up as I went with a bit of inspiration from my books! I used 2 strands throughout.
First, I went over the template lines and stitched a simple trellis grid. Next, I created a diagonal trellis grid over the top of this with double stitches rather than just single – I deliberately left a very small gap inbetween the double lines as you can see. That left me with something that looked like this…
In a contrasting colour I added a cross filling stitch at the intersections to anchor the laid threads down. For each cross stitch you stitch 4 straight stitches each going into the centre of the intersection! Looks complicated but it really isn’t! The end result is really striking.
Stitching the Brick block:
This is perfect for sampling lots of different stitches. Have a look at those I chose and you can do the same or find some other ones you fancy giving a go.
I like to do small areas like this with fillers previously done like, Satin, stem and split – it is a great way to see how they look and gives you a great reference for future projects.
and here’s the Brick block filled completely:
Have fun choosing some simple stitches to fill all those little bricks on your sampler…
Make sure you show off your chosen stitches in the Happy Stitching FB Group or on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.
If you need help along the way just ask in the FB group as there are lots of lovely people stitching along with you who can offer lots of advice and support if needed.