SAL Texture

I’m late!

……for my Stitch-A-Long post that should have been posted yesterday.

So let’s get right to it.

I have been working on a stitching sampler from Cathy Reavy. Each stitch is well described on videos. I am enjoying them, but moving slowly. Thoughts are swirling somewhere about how I will use some of the stitches in my informal work.

There are two stitches completed on the outer ring.

The stitches in this outer ring will be ones that can be used for edges and boundaries.

  1. Raised Stem Band ~ this will be an interesting one to create tree trunks and branches.
  2. Stem stitch and outline stitch ~ These are very similar stitches, the only difference is whether the thread lies to the top or the bottom. Cathy has put these two together, with the stem stitch creating the pod on the left and the outline stitch on the right pod.

I have finished my jumper, so I am hopeful that I will be able to power along with this sampler at night.

This SAL is for our personal embroidery. The members of this group do wonderful and interesting work. Follow the links to be inspired!


I respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which I live – the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past and emerging.

By anne54

Botanic artist

25 replies on “I’m late!”

both stitches looks like they’ll be very useful to you in future – and you’ll be able to refer back to your sampler to see how they’re done ^^

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I was amazed at the difference blocking the jumper made. I will certainly do it from now on. As for sewing up seams….this jumper was knitted from the neck down, so there were no seams to sew!

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I never knew that stem stitch became outline stitch is you did it the other way up! I suspect I have been doing both for years and calling them all stem!

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I think I have been too, thinking more about the ease of doing the stitch than the ‘proper’ way to do the stitch. One if the things I like about this sampler is that I am learning the proper way to do stitches that I am familiar with. I am also loving the new stitches.

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Thanks Sharon. I am going to add in new colours to this ring. It needs a lift, but also I have run out of some of the colours I have been using. Creative and practical reasons!


I am sure I will be using some of them too. I am glad I have the links in the blog back to Cathy’s videos, and I may make a paper reference too, just in case.


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