Back to my sampler of whitework techniques – here is a shot of the sampler so far. I really didn’t want to do a band sampler and I am pleased with the way this is turning out. There are gaps where I intend doing some very lacy work, but I shall leave that till near the end lest it gets stretched while in the hoop for other stitching. You can see a plain pulled thread grid on the right – this is the ground for Casalguidi, but I will leave that till the very end as it is so very 3 dimensional.
I am currently working on a patch with Ukrainian Whitework – a technique I learned during a great class with Pam Eaton, who has researched this technique and written a book. This shot shows one of the features that are typical of this embroidery from Ukraine: a narrow outside border of small satin stitch motifs. I will do 3 bands of different Ukrainian borders, so it will be a mini-sampler within my bigger one.
I am really enjoy stitching this style embroidery. It uses simple stitches very effectively and I love seeing the patterns develop. We have a new dining suite on order, so I am thinking about working a runner in one of the patterns from Pam’s book, to display on our new table.