Crewel Filling Sampler FO

Crewel Filling Sampler Finished

And done – all filled in and outlined! (But, arg, how I hate the way the oatmealy linen photographs as such an odd color.)

Crewel Filling Sampler Finished

In an odd contradiction, this was both my favorite sampler (by far!) and I’m not really happy with it at the same time. So I have very mixed feelings about sharing the FO with you.

Crewel Filling Sampler Finished

I absolutely loved stitching it. So so so so much. Those filling stitches in all their multi-stepped glory, the rustic feel of the crewel wool, the different textures in each block! Swoon!!!

Crewel Filling Sampler Finished

But. I made a big mistake in the outlining of it. It’s horrible. I chose the wrong color, or the wrong stitch – or possibly both. When I tested that fuchsia against the sampler, it looked perfect. Maybe using chain stitch and creating such a thick line is the problem. It makes the outline really dominant in a cringey, cartoony sort of way. Blerg.

Crewel Filling Sampler Finished

I wonder if I should’ve split stitched the outline, making a slighter, daintier grid. That would probably have worked better. Or a different color altogether, but I was trying to chose from what I have handy and nothing seemed quite right. Oh well, perhaps I’ll unpick and redo it at some point, but for now, I’m happy that this sampler – and the whole sampler project, to be honest – has officially done what it was supposed to…

Crewel Filling Sampler Finished

… Show me a technique I want to explore more. Friends, I think this crewelwork is for me.

7 Comments on Crewel Filling Sampler FO

  1. cauchy09
    April 1, 2014 at 13:55 (3 years ago)

    aw, but the textures are amazing! i wanna fondle it. :o)

    Reply
    • julie
      April 2, 2014 at 22:32 (3 years ago)

      That’s what I love too!! It kills me, just petting the wooly goodness. I’m working on something else really big, I can’t wait to show it!, and I swear I spend more time fondling the textures than actually stitching. :) Thank you!!

      Reply
  2. Michelle
    April 1, 2014 at 19:32 (3 years ago)

    Wonderful sampler! What a lovely piece of art.

    The thickness and color of the outline stitching looks good to me. The color gives it a cohesive look and the thickness divides it nicely. But I totally understand that “something’s not quite right here…” feeling.

    Reply
    • julie
      April 2, 2014 at 22:31 (3 years ago)

      Aw, thank you, Michelle – you’ve made me feel much better about it. I think I should let it sit a bit before I decide one way or the other, but I know for sure that I love stitching this way!

      Reply
  3. Rebecca
    April 3, 2014 at 00:13 (3 years ago)

    This is so, so beautiful! I love everything about it, the colors and textures are amazing! I love seeing your samplers, they always make me want to try new things!

    Reply
    • julie
      April 3, 2014 at 08:43 (3 years ago)

      You’re the sweetest, Rebecca! Thank you so much for such a sweet comment – that’s really made my morning! :)

      Reply

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