Week One: Spot Sampler Introduction (w/c April 13)
Images for Week One can be found in the Gallery at the bottom of this page. Please email your questions and photos to [email protected]
Choosing your Colours
How to choose a colour scheme? Read the Colour section from the Getting Started document for a great discussion on working out your own preferences. Or a different approach is to take inspiration from around us from anywhere that captures our imagination.
Requirements – Fabric and Threads
Your ground fabric needs to be an evenweave fabric with linen the most suitable. The minimum count we recommend for the Spot Sampler is 32 count so we can include Area 17, the Dragonfly motif stitched in the Reticella technique. Its finished size: 10.6 x 16 cms (4¼ x6¼ inches) which is 128 threads wide x 198 threads deep. Please add 3 inches all round for framing and finishing. Susan’s Spot Sampler has been worked on 32 count ecru Zweigert linen. The choice of thread types is wide – cotton, linen or silk although a strong thread such as cotton Perle (8 and 12) is recommended for the whitework bands. Susan has used:
- DMC stranded cottons:pinks (151, 3354, 3733, 3350 & 150), blues (794, 793 & 792), greens (772, 3347, 3346, 3345 & 895), yellow (3822), white (Blanc), brown (779), and black (312);
- A pink machine embroidery thread,
- A variegated silk (Beautiful Stitches ‘Venetia’),
- Gold metallic (DMC Fil metalise OR-CL)
- and DMC Perle 8 and 12 (Ecru).
Don’t feel obliged to match these colours, shop in your own stash and use what is at hand.
Working the Embroidery – Hoop or Frame?
Tacking the Layout
Tacking defines the edges of the Spot Sampler, shows the placement of each of the Areas to be stitched and helps avoid counting errors. Use a coloured sewing thread that can be easily seen but not red or black as they may leave a residue when removed. Tacking over and under four threads is helpful with counting threads. Many like to remove the tacking as they go but some leave it until then end, either way a fine tipped pair of tweezers is a handy tool to have.
Week One Image Gallery
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