FO: Garden Path Sampler

Garden Path Sampler

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!

Garden Path Sampler

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.

Garden Path Sampler

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).

Garden Path Sampler

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.

Garden Path Sampler

In fact, this project has inspired me to start a new, BIG, long-term project. I’ll tell you about it very, very soon!

Garden Path Sampler-along with &Stitches!

Working on my Garden Path Sampler for &Stitches! Are you stitching one along with us? #junesampleralong

If you’re an embroiderer – or even if you aren’t but are interested in trying! – you might want to join us over at &Stitches for our June Sampler-along. We’ve provided a template (in a small size too, if you’re not sure you can commit to a larger project) and we’ll start you off with a stitch per week to fill in your sampler. The first stitch tutorial went up last week – you can see me working my granito stitch section above – and the second will go up later today. Of course you can fill your sampler in completely different stitches as well – either way, we’d love it if you joined us!

&Stitches Toolkit Competition

&Stitches tool kit competition

I’m struck exhausted and sneezy by a nasty cold that’s been doing the rounds (welcome home to me!) but I wanted to make sure you guys knew about the super-extra-awesome competition that we’re running over at &Stitches!

We’ve been sharing embroidery tool tips, and now we want to hear yours! So take a photo of your favorite tool or your whole toolkit or your storage or the way you use a tool differently – whatever you want to share, as long as it’s related to embroidery tools! – and blog about it or post it on Flickr. Leave a link to your post here for a chance to win prizes so awesome I seriously (no joke) really wish I could win them myself. All the details are over there and there’s still over a week to enter – go, go, go!

(Oh, and psssst! There’s a sale going on in the &Stitches ‘zine shop too, which will end today, I think, so go check it out quick if there’s any issues you were thinking of grabbing!)

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