Things are starting to gradually get back to normal-ish here at Button HQ – I’m still exhausted and there’s still a lot going on, but I’m trying to get things caught up and back to my normal routine. Over the last few weeks, I haven’t managed to finish much of anything (in fact, I mostly just did a tiny bit of everything, resulting in a pile of projects that now all need finishing at once, but I’ll show you some of those over the week) but I did take a couple of days to sit quietly with my Garden Path Sampler.
I hope some of you stitched along with us, and if so, pretty please go head over to &Stitches and leave a link in the comments or post a photo in the Flickr pool. It’s been so awesome to watch people work on the same project, and even more than most -alongs, this one really let people’s own styles and personalities really come out. I love all of them!
For my sampler, I used (from left ’round the garden to right): arrow stitch, sheaf filling stitch, seeding, granito stitch, detached wheatear stitch, cross-stitches, and ermine stitch. I used all detached stitches and played with how they are positioned and the scale of each stitch, keeping some tiny, some large, for contrast.
The dividing lines are (again, left to right): coral stitch, chain stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, Portuguese stem stitch. My whole garden is fenced in by back stitched chain stitch (say that 10 times fast).
I know it sounds like self-promotion, since I’m part of the team that brought you the Garden Path Sampler in the first place, but I honestly loved this project SO. MUCH. I really can’t get over how much I enjoyed it and how happy I was that it gave me a legitimate excuse to have yet another WIP for a bit, because I just love samplers so so so much. I don’t know why, I just love seeing those stitches look so pretty on their own, just being themselves.
In fact, this project has inspired me to start a new, BIG, long-term project. I’ll tell you about it very, very soon!