Week Six: Spot Sampler Area 8 & Area 9 (w/c May 18)
Layout for Area Eight and Area Nine
This week we look at tackling two of the last Areas on the top half of the Spot Sampler – with Area 8 an opportunity to play with colour and Area 9 a more technical stitching challenge!
I found that the Layout is now impacted by some of the decisions I made earlier and the placement notes show where I have deviated to accomplish the balance I want to achieve with my Spot Sampler. It might only be a couple of threads to the left or the right but balance is in the eye of the beholder and that is you!
(Could I have tacked the Layout more accurately at the start? Yep!)
Colour Selection for Area Eight and Area Nine
When you look across the various Samplers this band is stitched in so many creative ways, often with metallic thread and often bringing in another colour altogether.
At this point I also felt that I needed to start contemplating the balance of colour across the top half of the Spot Sampler not just the Areas I was about to stitch.
This led me to decide that I needed to continue with my colour bravado for Area Eight, with the opportunity to use 6 colours! I could easily have settled for the more subtle tones of my Area Two (blues and greens) but decided to feature the bright colours (red, orange, yellow). I did a colour chart to prove to myself it would work.
I decided to work with the darkest green (DMC 904) for Area 9 as I thought it would be best for overall balance. And I couldn’t resist a bit of bling – I have seen metallic thread used in the Sea Star motif and it has looked great. This was my chance to give it a try. 🤔
This document is a version of the Chart for Area Eight and Area Nine with the colour removed. It can be used for trialling colour options before you stitch.
Stitching Area Eight
Designed by Joy Biancacci
Reference: DJSampler Instructions : page 11, Chart 3.2
Stitching Area Nine
Designed by Christine Burton
Reference: DJSampler Instructions : page 10, Chart 2.2
- stitching 1 x 1 can mean that your thread can ‘slip’ between the warp and the weft of the linen and your stitch doesn’t form.
- the stitch journey for the curlicues of the sea grass are not intuitive and take some study to follow.
Spot Sampler Colour Balance
I am pleased with the way my Spot Sampler is working out. 😊