Monday, March 29, 2010

'Egg'-cellent

Hey there, Stitchy Peeps!

Just in time for Easter, I present to you this lovely Egg Sampler:

egg sampler
(Easter Egg Sampler by Wild Olive.)

This was the first time I'd ever done an embroidery sampler. Yes, I've done some of these stitches, but not this many! Surface Blanket Stitch? What's that? Oh yeah, it's a piece of cake! Herringbone? Fern Stitch? BAM! Not a problem. I've always been intimidated by the thought of these 'complicated' stitches, but it turns out they're not so bad. I had a couple of stitch books with illustrated guides to help me, and I was able to knock out this sweet little egg in a couple evenings. This sampler challenged me to try new things and I am SO glad that I did. Stitching this was a blast! Of course, using variegated floss helped make it easy, too. So many colors with so little hassle. ♥

smiley

star stitch...

many kinds of stitches

lazy daisies & blanket & threaded running

lazy daisies

herringbone & chain

stitches

prettiness

Well, that's all for now, folks! I still have to show you the swap piece I mentioned a while ago, so stay tuned, it's coming soon. Until then...

Happy Stitching!

15 comments:

Caitlin T. said...

oh, i love your use of variegated floss! i have yet to try it out, but definitely want to. nice sampler!

Regan Rothery said...

Gorgeous! I love getting to use different stitches, but rarely do. I always seem to forget about samplers... this is simply lovely!

Hooked in Hove said...

Beautiful stitching!

Tea Potty said...

Great use of colour and your stitches look so perfect! I like trying out new stitches, but I have no idea what to use them on except on samplers

Sam said...

Oh, this is fabulous, what a great idea!

SewAmy said...

I love the floss you used. he is really cute.

Meadowlark said...

I simply MUST try this. I'm always afraid to start because I get overwhelmed and the fabric seems wrong and the needle doesn't thread easily and the... well, you get the point. Excuses, excuses and instead I could have something as adorable as this.

Miss Paula said...

Lovely job Kristi!! Where is your thread from???

Glenda said...

Too stinkin' cute!!! I love the colors -- very Springish.

I, too, am wondering what brand of variegated floss you used?

Kristi said...

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. I wish I knew what kind of floss I used...I don't have the wrapper anymore. I bought it at my local needlework shop 6 or 7 years ago, I think. Give me some time to do some digging...I will try to figure out what this is. :) ♥

Sew Charitable said...

So cute!!

Kristi said...

Hey all! I did a small post about the floss I used for this project. Read about it here if you haven't already. :) ♥

Sukimom said...

Hi! I'm a cross-stitcher that is new to free embroidery. What kind of fabric do you use for your projects? Linen? Something else? I'd like my projects to be washable.

Kristi said...

Hi Sukimom! I used to be strictly cross-stitch, too. :) I hope you're having fun with embroidery.

I mostly use muslin (the cheap stuff!) for my projects. This particular piece was done on a remnant of cotton I got in the discount bin...it's actually a subtly printed piece of fabric that I flipped over. I was out of white muslin and needed to compromise, so I stitched on the backside.
:) ♥

Billie said...

wow, your stitching is excellent!! (sorry, way behind on my blog reading)