Embroidery Sampler: Block #11

Welcome back to our weekly Embroidery block to accompany our Stitchery Sampler Sew Along. If you would like info on previous blocks, our supplies or general start and embroidery info, scroll back to the previous embroidery posts. The easiest way to do that is to search the word “embroidery” in our search box.

CLICK HERE to download our free embroidery sheet that you can transfer to the fabric of your choice.

… we love how these actually look like geese flying!


We took our inspiration for Week 11’s stitches from the free embroidery download and added some Star Stitches for variety and sparkle. We thought the Star points resembled the blades of the windmill and added some interest to our sampler.

Sophie and I stitched our Stars with four strands of floss.  We paid careful attention to keep the horizontal and vertical lines longer than the two cross stitches to achieve the effect of the star twinkling.  We found that trying to keep our stitches lining up along the same line visually really helped us keep our stitches uniform and cohesive.  

While researching videos for our Star Stitch we found that this stitch is a cross between an Algerian Eye Stitch and a common Sashiko Star stitch. Both of those stitches would look equally fabulous if you wanted to try a few different options out before deciding on the perfect one for your sampler.

Next week we will be working on our last square and the week after Sophie and I can not wait to share with you how we plan to finish our samplers off!

Next week we will be working on our last square and the week after Sophie and I can not wait to share with you how we plan to finish our samplers off!

Here is a good video for this stitch:

Star Stitch Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8

Guide of Stitches So Far:

Week 1: Back Stitch with 3 strands and French Knots

Sashing: Stem Stitch with 3 strands

Week 2: Granitos with 3 strands

Week 3: Herringbone Stitch with either 6 or 4 strands [see above]

Week 4: Lazy Daisy Stitch and French Knots with 3 strands

Week 5: Colonial Knot [or French Knot] with 4 strands

Week 6: Chain Stitch with Lazy Daisy with 4 strands

Week 7: Lattice Fill Stitch with 4 or 6 strands

Week 8: Fly Stitch with 4 strands

Week 9: Chain Stitch with all 6 strands

Week 10: Blanket/Buttonhole Stitch with 4 strands

Week 11: Star Stitch with 4 strands


Granitos Stitch: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=128&v=Cysb2KK29dA&feature=youtu.be

Back Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ_wVC84UmM&feature=emb_title

Stem Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TebgWq9AqyY&feature=emb_logo

French Knots… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Cq24d5-8s&feature=emb_logo

Herringbone Stitchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JyFBXtsO34&t=4s

Lazy Daisy (petal formation)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmYvBZhUkrI

Lazy Daisy (for connecting the petals)… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pYtAKpRlTM&t=8s

Chain Stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8

Blanket/Buttonhole Stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8

Star Stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knT5oG-jwVM

Each week we will share what stitches we have chosen and show you our progress and Sophie’s too!

Stitching samples and photos by Susan Vaughan.

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  1. Marsha Hart | 26th Mar 21

    I heard there was an error in your booklet for this Stitchery Sampler….I have the kit from FQS and would like to correct this in my file..Thanks

    • joanna@figtreequilts.com | 26th Mar 21

      Yes, there is a correction that you can choose to make or not… depending on your preference. Please read the blog post about it for Block #12. Or better yet, watch the video and see what you want to do. The update/correction is also on our UPDATES section of the website. Thanks!

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