Embroidery Sampler: Block #2

Welcome back to our weekly Embroidery block to accompany our Stitchery Sampler Sew Along. If you would like info on Block #1, our supplies or general start and embroidery info, scroll back to the last embroidery post.

CLICK HERE to download our free embroidery sheet that you can transfer to the fabric of your choice [or use one of our starter kits while supplies last].


We are working on Block #2 this week, our Clover block, it is appliqué in the quilting sampler so we wanted to find something good to fill in the leaves and have a good result for a beginning embroiderer!

We researched embroidery stitches that are commonly used for filling in areas, or for making petals and leaves.  On our practice sample, we tried out a fill satin stitch, a leaf stitch, as well as a granitos.  Who knew there were so many different ways to fill in a little space like this one?

… look at Sophie go!

As a beginner embroiderer, I had problems keeping a consistent shape of a satin stitch, but liked how the granitos kept the points of the petal shape.  I found that using three strands of the Weeks floss, and using a total of five stitches per petal yielded the best results. 

Here is a good resource:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=128&v=Cysb2KK29dA&feature=youtu.be

Using more strands of floss, or more stitches will change the shape of your stitch, so be sure to practice a few times on your practice cloth to get your desired size and shape.

Sophie completed her block in record time! She took to the stitch right away, and declared it much easier and faster to do than a back stitch.  She is still thinking about her sashing and border design, and hopes to start on it this week. Go Sophie!

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

We are loving working on this intro sampler to embroidery and learning with you guys as we go. We have also heard from several of you who are also working on this with your daughters [but sons are of course free to join in too :-)]! Here’s to learning together!

… Susan’s daughter, Sophie, is stitching along with us. Cheer her on!


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

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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