Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 5 – completing the stitching, and assembly of the etui pocket

I’ve almost finished this ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.

Once the main panel was completed, I backstitched around the whole design with Perle 12 thread, over four threads. This will give me a clear outline for assembling the pocket later.

Cross stitch on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

This is the whole piece, before being assembled. You can see that some of the lettering faces up one way, and some down the other way – this is because when the pocket is wrapped around itself, some will be on the back of the pocket and some on the front, facing the other way. It will all make sense later!

Cross stitch on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I fixed pieces of the maroon dupion silk in place with pieces of iron-on interlining. These go over the back of the drawn thread work and hardanger heart.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It looks like this when it’s done:

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I trimmed the stitched piece to half an inch all round as a seam allowance, then cut pieces of dupion silk and thin wadding the same size.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I ironed the seam allowance to the reverse of the stitching, and then ironed the dupion silk to have similar seam allowances, so that they were identical sizes. I lightly tacked the thin wadding in position on the back of the stitching and then slip-stitched the lining to the stitched front, wrong sides together, using the back stitched border as a guide. The bottom of the ‘sandwiched’ piece was folded up to make a pocket, and the top part makes a deep flap.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Narrow sill ribbons are attached at the sides to keep the pocket closed when the ribbons are tied. This is the front:

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

And this is the back:

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It’s quite a small pocket – about 5 by 7 inches – but large enough to keep the smalls and a few skeins of thread in.

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It would make a lovely project just as it is, to keep other things in, such as jewellery, but I want to keep going and stitch the smalls for it now  🙂

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 4 – the cross stitch band and the bargello band

Once I got the scary hardanger section of this ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler done, I was all fired up to get on with it!

I did all of this next section in two days.

There are two swans either side of the hardanger heart, and two little frogs among the bulrushes. Then there’s a band of cross stitch, and then some pretty white bargello stitching.

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

As the theme of this pocket is ‘where stitchers gather’, it makes sense to feature some stitchers! Here they are, all sat around a long table, stitching on frames and hoops:

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I stitched all the people before stitching the tablecloth.

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Close up, you can see that this simple cross stitch variation makes a nice contrast to the more solid cross stitch of the women’s clothes.

Cross stitch and bargello on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 3 – stitching the hardanger heart and the pulled thread work

I’ve stitched quite a lot of the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’m up to the scary part – the drawn thread and hardanger section!

For this bit, I made good use of Thea’s YouTube videos, which clearly explain how to do basic hardanger stitches. If you’re going to attempt this design, I’d strongly recommend watching these videos first, as Thea covers a lot of hints and tips while she’s explaining how to do it. Her YouTube channel is amazing – dozens of really useful videos on many techniques, and types of kit that she produces. Well worth a look!

First, I worked the drawn thread sections on either side of the heart shape, then I stitched the main shape of the heart in Kloster blocks.

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Once I’d got the nerve to cut the threads, it was simple to do, and looks very pretty.

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

 

These sections, along with the heart once the hardanger is done, will be backed with maroon dupion silk, so the silk will show through and highlight the stitching.

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

The actual hardanger heart stitching took me ages, as it’s not a technique I am skilled at. Some of my stitches came out a bit messy, but if you don’t look too closely, it’s OK!

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I was really pleased to have finished it without cutting any wrong threads! The materials pack contained the cute little gold scissor charm, which really finished it off  🙂

Hardanger heart on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 2 – starting to stitch the design of the etui

This is my progress on the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket and smalls, by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler in Canada.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Thea’s instructions in the chart booklet are really clear – the rows of the design are numbered, and there are lots of written instructions for each section, plus diagrams.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

What I like about Thea’s designs is that they are not simply cross stitch – she is always challenging you with new stitches to learn! Look at this panel, for instance – the background is plain green crosses, but then the flowers in pink are each a different stitch!

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

And then, if you look closely in the bottom right hand corner, there’s the date I started this written in cross stitch in one strand over one thread, too (upside down, on purpose, but the reason for that will become clearer later).

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