Sampler Update


I have been whizzing through the sampler which I started about a month ago.  It has been really enjoyable so far and I only have 3 more bands to do to finish it.  I should have smoothed the fabric out better before I took a photograph as it looks a little wobbly and it isn’t.

Now I am thinking about the next project and I might just pluck up courage and go for a project in Crewel Twists which will be a bit of a leap for me but as my eldest points out if I want to improve I need to take a risk rather than sticking with what I know well!  The first challenge is tracking down all the materials including beads.  I am already stuck with the material as it is an Australian book and so I am now hoping that someone on the Stitchin forum will be able to translate the fabric into something I can buy in the UK.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Looking good.
    What sort of fabric does the book suggest? Traditional crewel work is most often worked on a cotton or linen twill.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Rachel
      It says hopsack but I have worked out I need linen twill, I just need to track some down.

  2. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see this Helen – in the ‘old days’ when I had time to sit down this was my embroidery of choice and I made several named samplers but also have a collection of vintage ones

  3. sueturner31 says:

    May be some even weave linen would work for the new project… ?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I have tracked down someone who sells linen twill which is a relief as I looked at evenweave and got very confused with the counts and how these compared to what I was looking for. It the problem with buying on line and having nowhere local where you can look at fabric

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