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!

4 Comments on FO: Garden Path Sampler

  1. Karen
    July 1, 2013 at 20:57 (5 years ago)

    It’s beautiful Julie! I love the back stitched chain stitch, I haven’t seen it before! I never managed to get mine started :( But I do have the fabric ready and waiting and lots of inspiration so maybe over the summer holidays?!! xx

  2. pam
    July 1, 2013 at 23:44 (5 years ago)

    Love love love your sampler! And you are absolutely right – samplers are just plain fun! Never done one til now so thank you for talking me into it it in the first place.

  3. lilirious
    July 2, 2013 at 00:16 (5 years ago)

    this is really awesome! your stitches are so even it’s almost like a print! (in the first picture)

  4. Elisabeth
    July 3, 2013 at 13:40 (5 years ago)

    So beautiful, nice.
    Great work.

    Best wishes



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