Love and Laughter
A great opportunity to play with a lot of different stitches!
This lovely counted thread piece was inspired by the abundance of colors and flowers in nature. It was also inspired by the abundance of stitches available to the counted thread embroiderer. And Denise’s motto is, when you don’t have the stitch you need, invent one!
This piece offers the student a great opportunity to play with a lot of different stitches that are used in unique ways to create vibrant, stylized flowers. When stitching the central area, students may wish to insert representations of their pets to make the sampler uniquely theirs. No pets? Add flowers or shrubs or whatever you desire, or just keep the yard as pristine lawn.
Not up for stitching the full sampler? You may opt to stitch the mini-sampler instead. It has all the stitches in it. You can always stitch the full sampler later. Instructions for hemstitching are also included in this text so you may prefer to stitch the table runner option.
Whatever option you choose you will be guided through the process with instructions and wonderful stitch diagrams. The stitch diagrams have an index so that the student can use them for reference in other projects. Perhaps you have a cross stitch piece in your stash that you would like to spruce up with some specialty stitches. Let’s have fun with counted thread embroidery and start using all the amazing stitches out there!
More about Love and Laughter
Project Type: Three options–Full Sampler (framed), mini-sampler (can be finished as desired), and Table Runner. Students may choose their own colors if preferred
Design Area Size: Full Sampler–28 count–8-1/2″ x 11-1/4″ • 32 count– 7-1/2″ x 9-3/4″ — Mini-Sampler–28 count– 2-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ • 32 count– 2-3/8″ x 6-5/8″ — Table Runner–28 count–11″ x 16″ • 32 count– 9-3/4″ x 14″ Measurement does not include hem
Color Choices: Sampler is stitched with an abundance of joyful, bright colors on Natural Light Linen. Students may choose their own colors if preferred.
Supplies Used: 28 or 32 count Wichelt Natural Light linen and Anchor or DMC floss
Skill Level: Intermediate, though this is a learning opportunity for a somewhat experienced beginner
Timeline: Document offers an 8 month timeline but students may choose to work more quickly
Text Price: $38 .00 – 52 pages with large stitch diagrams that can be saved and utilized for other work
Estimated Supply Cost: $50–$80 depending on students choices
There are a variety of options for stitching Love & Laughter, from thread count of linen to threads used, to which piece or pieces to stitch. Using one’s stash is also a viable option, at least for the threads used, because many of the colors used will not need full skeins.
DMC Floss Number for tassel: 340
About teacher Denise Harrington Pratt
Denise Harrington Pratt is an artist and needlework designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a passion for counted thread embroidery on linen. Denise has been teaching needlework since 1995. She has taught at Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals, National and Regional Seminars for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., and EGA chapters. Denise is an active member of our Southern Maine Chapter.
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