needlepoint sampler #2

Yesterday I finished the needlepoint sampler, added a fabric border and attached it to the footstool. Taa Daa! I’m not sure how well it might wear but it adds a nice splash of colour to an otherwise plain carpeted floor. I deliberately aimed for a different stitch in each of the forty areas but as I was typing the stitch list I noticed that I’d used Tent stitch in two sections. Too late now to unpick one of them but I won’t lose any sleep over it. I quite enjoyed doing this but it might be a while before I attempt any of the projects in the charity shop book that got me started on this in the first instance. Stitches used are listed below with the name that was given in the source I found it in but you may know some stitches by other names. If you spot any glaring errors between what stitch I claim to have used and what I actually stitched, please let me know!


needlepoint sampler

I bought twenty Appleton’s crewel wool hanks in a sale a few years ago and acquired a book or two on crewel embroidery with the intention of stitching up some fabulous work but nothing fabulous has yet materialised. However, finding two bags stuffed with crewel wool in one of my favourite charity shops was too good an opportunity to pass up and when less than an hour later I spotted a book* on needlepoint in another charity shop and liked one or two of the projects shown using crewel wool, I had to buy that too.

It took me an afternoon to sort through the new hoard and bag them up into colour groups as per Appleton’s chart. Before starting any project from the book, I’m stitching a sampler and when it’s finished I plan to upholster my workroom footstool with it. I’m keeping a note of which stitches I’m using and where and I’ll show that when I’ve finished. As you can see in the sampler image, I’m not too fussy about which colours go where – this piece is mainly about the stitches.

*The book is simply titled Needlepoint and the author is Sarah Windrum.