Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Miriem Brocklehurst Sampler (1)

Hello everyone!

I’d like to start by showing you the sampler of Miriem Brocklehurst that I started stitching the day I received it. This was a present that Nicola sent me because I won it in a giveaway here. Thanks again, it’s lovely and I love the colours!

On this sampler I'm using Edinburgh linen (36 count), hand dyed with weak coffee to obtain the colour in the photo from original sampler and I'm also using DMC threads. The fun part on this sampler is that I have decided to try and make the wrong side as perfect as the right side... or at least I will try my best!

This reminds me of what my friend Mayté Bermudez said. She does this kind of two sided embroidery and from whom I have had a cross stitch class. She always says that we should think out or plan the path our stitches are going to take before we stitch them.

Right now, this is my idea. I think it will be fun to do this sampler with these lovely colours!! Of course, I almost forgot, I also have to be patient because sometimes we have to undo our stitching, as I have had to do twice already.

Well, what I did so far?

  • First I used a double running stitch also known as Holbein stitch.
  • At this point you must take into account the following:  you have to stitch the inside design before finishing the main line. To help you see more clearly; if you compare the design with a tree, first you must completely sew the branches before the main trunk. This is the reason why I still haven’t finished the small green diamonds that are shown on the sample pattern. You will see these diamonds in my next post about this sampler.
For the embroidered letters in light coral that are just above  the blue line I used Italian cross stitch and they are sewn using just one strand of thread. For the blue cross stitched line below the letters I chose a lighter blue thread. As you can see by my impatience I jump from line to line, but this is typical of me.

Hugs, until my next post about my other sampler, thanks for reading this, happy stitching!


llknbillburg said...

Very Cool!! Laura

Jenny said...


Krista said...

Really quite amazing! The back is as beautiful as the front!

Elizabeth said...

Wonderful. I am so impressed with the back - I'd never let anyone see the back of my stitching lol!

Nicola said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for explaining your thought process on this, very informative.

I am so interested in learning more on reverse stitching.

Debbie Bauer said...

Wow, very beautiful!

Vera said...


Cindy L said...

Your stitching is exquisite!