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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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 1 – getting started

Here’s the progress I’ve been making on one of my favourite types of stitching project – a sewing set, or etui. This one is called ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘, and is another design by a really talented designer, Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler in Canada. This lovely pocket is made to contain a scissor fob, a needlebook and a scissor case. It’s mainly cross stitch, with some drawn thread work, some specialty stitches, and some scary hardanger! (Hardanger is not my best technique, as I find cutting fabric threads after I’ve spent ages embroidering around them kind of scary!)

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I’m going to use the suggested fabric, which is 28ct evenweave Zweigart ‘Raw Linen’ shade, along with burgundy  dupion silk for the lining, and thin wadding to give it a bit of body.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I also bought the materials pack when I bought the chart booklet from Victoria Sampler, as, although my stash is huge, and I could probably have found similar threads somewhere, I’ve found that it’s much more pleasant to just get the materials pack and be done with it. That way, I know it’s going to come out just like in the photos, and I won’t get any nasty surprises later.

When I started to stitch this etui pocket, I was in the middle of a solo retreat in a little cottage in the Peak District, in the English countryside (a few months back, now, before lockdown was imposed!!). This was where I set up my floor frame, to start stitching. The view of the garden was lovely!

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

This picture didn’t come out too clearly, as I took it at night, but it’s the first row of cross stitch on the pocket.

Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

As I was on retreat, I planned to get a lot of stitching done….

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Gingerbread Christmas tree by Victoria Sampler 5: the finished Gingerbread tree

It’s finished! The little Gingerbread Christmas tree by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler has come out really well, and can now join the other Gingerbread buildings in my village. If you’d like to stitch this too, the chart pack is available from  here.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

I’m so pleased with this – it’s a great addition to my slowly-growing Gingerbread Village from Victoria Sampler. This is how my little Gingerbread Village looks now.

Gingerbread Christmas Village cross stitch by Victoria Sampler

Thanks for reading my blog during the past year! I hope you’ve enjoyed what I have written about. Have a great Christmas  🙂

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