Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Patchwork Sampler Project - Intro and first part.

Over on deviantArt #StitchingPirates is having another competition, this time the theme is "sampler". Although I already have a band sampler going I want to make something just for the competition. I have decided to dig into my bag of scrap bits and see what I can make with them. I am going to keep to a seam allowance of 3 stitches (so 3 squares of Aida or 6 threads of evenweave) and backstitch a line which will later be used to whip stitch the sections together. The line will also help me see where I need to stop stitching the patterns used on each bit.

I'll be blogging each section as I finish them to help me keep track which patterns I used from where and with which colours as otherwise I'm guaranteed to forget. I may also include some small things I made earlier but have never finish finished, such as the band you can see below that I stitched once to test some colours.

At the top you can see the first section I stitched on some black 14ct Aida. I used the following 3 bands from the Randje per Week 2015 SAL (top to bottom): 79, 33 and 80. This year they are doing an alphabet sampler, the patterns from the previous SAL's can be bought in book form here: Soed Idee, the book is in Dutch, however the patterns are easy to follow even if you can't read Dutch.

I used the following threads for this section: 4074 and 4124 for the top band, 4022 for the middle band and 4069 and 4205 for the bottom band.

I hope to have a lot of fun with this, I plan on using only scraps of Aida and evenweave - some are bigger than others, they are not all the same fabric count nor are they all the same colour - I have 18, 16 and 14ct Aida and 28 count Jobelan and some 40 ct evenweave in the bag so who knows what will come of this crazy idea! I hope to use all kinds of threads from 6 stranded floss to metallics to silks to perle. There will be cross stitch and blackwork and perhaps even a bunch of speciality stitches i decide to randomly try out and I may even use some beads!

I'm not promising to blog daily (this *is* me we are talking about hehe) but I want to blog as each section is finished.

Have a great day!


  1. Sounds like a super interesting project!

    1. Thanks! It will certainly be a challenging one, especially when it comes to the time when it all needs to fit together :)

  2. That is an awesome idea, and as I know you it will be awesome in it's execution as well! I'm looking forward to see what you will whip up, that first section does look very promising already ^_^

    1. Thanks :D I am as curious as you are as to how it will end up, as each bit I look at as a new start and don't know what I will make till I find a pattern (or make one) that fits.