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Flower Sampler Book – page 5


I’m interrupting all the holiday fun for my regularly scheduled SAL post. I’m stitching along with nine other bloggers, and we’re posting our progress every three weeks. Links to my fellow SAL-ers at the bottom of the post.

Due to being on holiday at the moment, I haven’t got a great deal done on my Sampler Book this time. I didn’t bring it with me as it’s on 28 count linen and I can’t actually see it properly without my magnifying light. With this page being Hardanger, I really needed to see what I’m doing. Hardanger is scary.

This is where I’m up to so far.


I’ve done all the cross stitch, and outlined it with backstitch. All of the Kloster blocks are done too. I like doing Kloster blocks.

A couple of close-ups:



The next stage is the cutting, and then all the specialist stitches such as needle-weaving and dove’s eyes. I’m still slightly terrified of doing the cutting. I was getting fairly confident at it but it’s been over a year since I did any and this is on very fine, slubby fabric. Yeah, I’m pretty much terrified.

Hopefully the next SAL post will show all the cutting done, and perhaps the stitching. Maybe even a finished page. Alternately, I may be showing you what happens when you cut the wrong bit…

These are the ladies, from all over the world, that I’m SAL-ing with. Do pop in and see what they’ve been working on.

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Gun at Rutigt
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Eleanor at Sun and cake
Alison at Minerva’s meanderings
Jule at From the boudoir
Elizabeth at Stitch 4 therapy
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice

Author: Carole

The books I read, the things I make, the places I go.

22 thoughts on “Flower Sampler Book – page 5

  1. Don’t be afraid of the cutting! I’ve cut kloster blocks by accident before and it’s not the end of the world, you just resew them! It’s looking great so far…


    • Thanks 🙂

      It’s not so much the Kloster blocks that I’m afraid of cutting, although resewing them on this fabric would be tricky. I’m more scared of cutting the wrong thread. I’ll just take my time though and I’m sure it’ll be fine.


  2. I love white on white but I’ve never tried Hardanger. Your book is a great way to try lots of different techniques. I’m loving watching it develop 🙂


  3. Beautiful work. I’m quite excited to see how you get on with the scissors….


  4. Lovely cross stitch. I can’t do it anymore. I just can’t see the fine detail. You’re having a good holiday, then? It’s cold today. Here near St. Petersburg it was 45 degrees F or 7 degrees C. Hope it’s a bit warmer there in Orlando. Have fun. Lucy


  5. Looking good! I’ve always been tempted to have a go at hardanger but never been brave enough!


  6. I´m sure you´re gonna fix this. Just take a deep breath and cut 🙂
    Gun, Sweden


  7. I’ve never been brave enough to try Hardanger


  8. Very nice work. I participated in one of these and they were a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it. I find Hardanger work difficult to do as I get older, as it is so hard to see white on white etc.


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