Embroidery sampler for June

A couple of months ago, the embroidery bug bit me again. I learned embroidery as a child, from my mum who is the true master embroiderer in our family. I have embroidered on and off all my life, but I’ve always felt limited in the designs and stitches I used.
But with the magic of internet, inspirations and how-tos are bountiful… and just what you need when you want to expand on your skills.

Sampler June 2014

One square a day for 30 days.

It was a lot of fun to work on each of these 1.75in squares (about 4.5cm). I did run out of inspiration towards the end, and I also got a bit behind on my self imposed schedule. But it was all finished on the evening of the 30th, title included!

My favourite squares

A few of my favourite squares.

I love all of the squares I came up with, but there are a few that I just love more than the others.

All in all, I used a lot of different stitches and combinations, which made the whole thing fun and instructive. I discovered techniques that I know I will use again: hungarian braided chain stitch, all kind of chain stitch techniques really, lattice work, fly and feather stitch, etc etc.

All different squares

No two squares are the same

Because of the challenge of coming up with something new every day, I am not quite ready to start another “identical” sampler. But I will definitely keep making new samplers. As a matter of fact, I’ve already started a new one, which uses only one colour and a combination of running stitch patterns and blackwork patterns (and no, it’s not worked in black!).

I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with this June sampler, I’m thinking maybe backing it with a colourful cotton print and use it either as a tea towel or a small table topper. Well, not so small, the whole thing is about 10 x 12 inches (25 x 30 cm).

Happy little squares

Doesn’t that make you happy?