Samplers, embroidery doodle cloths and explorations of stitches

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sample of hand embroidery stitched on linen in hand dyed threads

This sampler is worked on 26 count linen. It was an experiment.

I was interested in contrasting flat voided areas against highly textured stitches such as French knots, Bullion stitch, buttonhole wheels, cast on stitch and double cast on stitch, drizzle stitch, whipped spiders wheel, and buttonhole bars. I also couched some textured threads. Parts of the background is simply straight stitch worked in various threads and in some cases pulled others not. The sea horse was outlined in whipped stem stitch. Threads used are wool, cotton and silk all hand dyed by me and beads were incorporated.