Some time ago, I experimented with stitching a small pulled thread sampler, without an embroidery frame.
I enjoyed the more tactile experience of actually holding the fabric in my hand while I stitched. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Looking back over the stitches on the little sampler, the stepped satin stitch is the most striking. Although it's an easy stitch to embroider, being made up of straight stitches all lying quite predictably next to each other, it makes a big impact. Perhaps it's the play of light over the stitches, or may be it's the way your eye is drawn down over the steps, along a strong diagonal. It's a 'big stitch' and it does need quite a bit of space to show it off to full effect.
One of my favourite stitches is diagonal cross filling, which I did in band number four. Once the first row is in place the following rows are very quick and easy to do. I kept the tension light this time, so it's more of surface stitch than a pulled stitch and it reminded me of smocking.
For the sampler I used 28 count Zweigart linen, with DMC pearl thread no. 12 for the pulled work, and no. 8 for the satin stitch. The stitches are worked over 4 threads, except for the eyelets and the satin stitch leaves.
The bands on the sampler are made up of nine different stitches. From top to bottom, the stitches are:
1. Pulled satin stitch2. Four-sided stitch3. Spaced pulled satin - 2 pulled satin, skip 5 threads4. Diagonal cross filling5&6. Flowers - surface satin leaves, eyelets over 2 threads7. Cobbler filling8. Algerian eyelets over 3 threads9. Pulled stepped satin stitch - 5 stitches on a step
Next time I'll show you what I want to do with the little sampler.
'Till then, take care and happy stitching!