Monday, September 21, 2015

18th Century Sampler - Block #15, 13, 16

I was very productive this weekend. So productive my index finger is sore.

I decided to go chapter by chapter. So since I'd stitched block #9, I went onto #15. I was merrily stitching away, and at some point racing to finish it before bed time. You'll know when it started getting late, I started forgetting to take pictures lol.

I managed to finish it and was so happy with how it came out, until I realized I had filled the wrong block T_T major panic set in then. Luckily the class's Facebook group is pretty active so I was able to get quick feedback from Susan Johnson by the time I woke up the next day. She says the blocks can be stitched in any order, so it's okay to re-arrange them. Which is great, because although I love the designs I DO NOT want to restitch them again lol.

Block #15
Why you ask? Because ending threads under perl cotton #12 on canvas is really hard. I forgot how much I hated that part on Spirit of the Southwest. Not only is my canvas too big to turn upside down, but it also requires a lot of strength to push that needle under existing threads. To avoid doing that, I just stitch as much as I can putting threads that need to be bound to the side.

And then just binding them all at once. Above you can see block #16 which is where #15 should be. Below, you can see all the threads I had to bind. I was using up shorter strands so I had A LOT of them.

This is one of the pattern darning blocks. Isn't it cute? I want a room in my future home wallpapered in these colors.

Block #16
Again stitching chapter by chapter, I moved onto Block #13 which has swapped places with #14 to compensate. There are four blocks like this.
Block #13
I'm going to try and take a break on this piece for a few days to give my index finger time to recover.


  1. Worth the effort, though - it looks lovely!

  2. Thank you so much for visiting and leave a nice comment!
    Beautiful blocks! Love the texture!

  3. Hi Dima!!! I've been watching your progress on this sampler. You always seem to pick the most amazing and intricate projects. Their beautiful blocks.... ( ;-P <~~~ picture me jealous of your talent )

    1. Thanks Jan! I love complexity, it feeds my engineering heart. I think we're all envious of each other in one way or another. I'm always looking on with envy on other stitchers project or stash.

  4. Wow! Gorgeous work! Happy you didn't have to frog the block.

  5. Oh, this is so lovely, the colours are subtle and beautiful. I don´t particularly like embroidering on canvas for the reasons you mention.