To learn more about this free "Never Ending Sampler" Stitch-Along, CLICK HERE.
I have set up a Facebook Group called Never Ending Sampler Stitch-Along.You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549782361886900/
This is a Closed Group. To join, you'll just have to click the "JOIN" button and wait for me to okay it. I did it this way because I don't want any spammers jumping in. This is for both crazy quilters and cross stitchers. It's a place for everyone to share photos of their work and talk about the project, the designs, the borders and so on.
The patterns will be posted below.
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Band 1 - I'm very eager to see how everyone interprets this band. I worked it all in black so that you can decide for yourself what you want to do with it. My only suggestion is to think in terms of an antique sampler. There are flowers, birds, leaves and a little vase or urn. This band is worked entirely in cross stitch so just think "antique sampler" and I'm sure ya'll will come up with some beautiful color combinations!
Be sure to post your stitching photos over on our Never Ending Sampler Facebook Group!
Band 2 -
This band consists of multiple stitches including the Feather Stitch, Cross Stitches, Straight Stitches and French Knots.
If you need help with the Feather stitch, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary.
When working the Feather Stitch on this band, you will want to start from the outside and work your way towards the center of the design. You'll have to do this on both sides of the band.
If you've never worked the the Feather stitch, it may look intimidating but it really is an easy stitch once you get the idea of it. It's one of those stitches where you have to "catch" your thread as you go along.
Feel free to add your own special touch to this border. Use beads instead of french knots if you want to. Use multiple colors or work in just one color. This is YOUR sampler so give it a try and enjoy!!!
Band 1 - Fans are worked with straight stitches.
Band 2 - use straight stitches with french knots at the bottom.
Band 3 - the stars are double cross stitches sometimes called Smyrna stitch.
Band 4 - Work the flowers with straight stitches using 3 strands of thread. They should look like Satin Stitches. Experiment with the backstitching. If 1 strand shows up, great. If not, try 2 strands instead.
Band 5 - This band features the Herringbone stitch. Instructions on how to work the Herringbone can found over on Sharon B's Pintangle blog - Sharon's Stitch Dictionary
Band 6 - The flowers are straight stitches using 3 strands of floss. When finished, they should look like satin stitches.
Below is a closeup of the flower.
Band 7 - The little fans should be straight stitches. Use your imagination for the rest of this border.
Band 9 - Work the diamonds with straight stitches. Work the leaves with straight stitches using 3 strands of floss so it looks like satin stitching:
Here's a closeup of the little leaf:
Band 10 - Work the large fans with straight stitches:
Band 11 - Work the fans with straight stitches. The stars are double cross stitch aka Smyrna cross.
Band 12 - Work the large stars as the Algerian Eyelet stitch:
This is the overlap with Band #11:
If you need help with any of the special stitches, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary.
Band 13 - Simple cross stitches, straight stitches and either french knots or seed beads.
And here it is with the Band #12 overlap:
Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary. Click on "Open Cretan Stitch".
Band 16 - Straight Stitches for the trees and Eyelet Stitches for the Stars:
Band 17 - Cross Stitches, backstitches and Eyelet Stitches for the flower centers:
Overlap with Band #16:
Band #18 - Backstitch this alphabet
Overlap with Band #17
Band #19- Cross Stitches, Straight Stitches and French Knots
Overlap with Band #18
Band #20 -Cross Stitches, Straight Stitches and The Blanket Stitch. If you're not familiar with working the Blanket Stitch, please visit Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary for instructions.
Here is the overlap chart with Band #19 for placement purposes: