Fallen Leaves Sampler

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Teacher: Kim Sanders

Continuing a rich tradition of wool embroidery that dates back to the Bayeux Tapestry, Fallen Leaves Sampler teaches laid and filling stitches. Just as a quilter can introduce pattern within a motif by using patterned fabric, surface embroiderers can add pattern within pattern using these stitches.

Each leaf in Fallen Leaves Sampler features different filling and outline stitches. Stitches build in complexity from one leaf to the next. Stitch diagrams are broken down into steps making it easier for the student to follow the instructions while working on the leaves and to modify the stitches in their own work afterward. Tips are provided to ensure even spacing of stitches in a non-counted embroidery technique.

Students may stitch the provided monochromatic color scheme, or work a multicolored sampler with crewel wools from their stash.

Course information

Project: Framed piece
Size: 12″ x 12″
Fabric: Linen twill, 18″ x 18″
Threads: Appleton crewel wool, eleven skeins
Colors: Greens, or student’s choice
Proficiency Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Previous experience in surface embroidery desirable
Time: Six months, six meetings
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $27, includes color copy of completed design and eight photos of details
Supplies (approximate): $35, or less if working from stash

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