Ann Stradal, who blogs at The Cape Stitcher, decided that it’s time she learned some new stitches.
In doing this she’s following in the footsteps of centuries of stitchers who made samplers. You’re probably familiar with cross stitch samplers, but a sampler is just a collection of different types of stitches; it doesn’t have to be any particular style.
That’s what I love about Ann’s “Continuing Education” project. She’s creating a formatted method for trying out her stitches, a sampler. She created this lovely geometric format (pictured here) that will focus on three stitches.
Even more delightful she has chosen threads from her stash that she isn’t likely to use.
The project is small and it’s extremely thrifty, using thread from stash and canvas on hand. It will expand Ann’s knowledge of stitches. And, when it’s done, it could be a box top, a tote bag inset, or the center of a pillow.
Why not take your inspiration from Ann and make a sampler of your own?