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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Silk Shading Sampler: Free Pattern


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This pattern is much in the same style as the Goldwork Sampler Pattern from Hinda Hands’s out-of-print book on Church embroidery. Though the topic of her book is Church embroidery, this sampler is not really church-related. The pattern employs methods of silk shading and couched gold. I think it’s really lovely, and I look forward to working it this summer.

For now, here’s the pattern for the silk sampler. You might have your own great ideas to put to work on this pattern! There are heaps of possibilities for it. As a finished product, it would look fantastic framed, but I can also see it as an “Elizabethan sweete bag” or something to that effect.

You can click on the pattern for a larger version, then right click to save it. For a larger image, use a copy machine or a photo editing program to enlarge it.

Embroidery Pattern of Sampler for Silk Shading Techniques

As I edit and revise the suggested stitches for this sampler, I’ll post them. In the meantime, enjoy the pattern!


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  1. Hi Mary,
    This is a beautiful pattern. Curious to know – did you get around in making this one? If yes, can you please post the picture of the completed project. I’d like to know what stitches you used for this pattern.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi, Meeta – I have a few updates on the sampler on needlenthread. I haven’t finished it yet (not even close!) You can find updates here, here, and here. I haven’t gotten any further since the last one, but I need to get back to it soon! I especially need to correct that last mistake!

    Glad you like the pattern!

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