Sampler #9, only slightly (ahem) delayed

Ok, so I missed June. Shuddup. I have to tell you, the trickiest part about these samplers is the preparation! Way back when, my brother hosted a local radio show. He used to say that the show, one 3-hour slot every week, was so fun, but all the preparation – making playlists (pre-iTunes), finding funny tidbits to share, checking the charts, etc – was a crazy amount of work! These samplers are similar: doing the initial research, planning out a design, and trying to pick a topic that works well with that month’s schedule – it’s so much more work than I expected it to be, and if the beginning on the month sneaks up on me, it’s kind of a lost cause.

So I missed another month – meh, so what. I’m still working my way through the 12 samplers, even if my ‘year’ turned out to be a little iffy.

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For July, I’m going to try a little bit of drawn thread work. I don’t have a photo of materials, because I believe we (if you’re stitching along) will just need some linen fabric, a pair of small, sharp scissors, and white threads of various types. I say ‘various types’ because I think we might try different threads and see how they work out – so maybe a fine perle cotton and some sewing thread, maybe linen thread if you have any. I think it might also depend on your linen fabric – mine is fairly coarse (from Ikea, the same as the fabric I used for my pattern darning sampler) so I might need a heavier thread than you will.

I so enjoyed just winging it on my canvaswork sampler that I’m going to take the same approach this time. I’ve got my antique books to help me along and I’ll just start and go. There’s a lot of fun stuff coming up in July (I’ll tell you more tomorrow!) so I’ll keep this one pretty simple, probably just 4 or 5 stitches to try the basics of the technique out. I’ve created a Drawn Thread Pinterest board for inspiration and I’ll be back with some some stitches and progress next Monday!

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