Today, while watching several "Midsomer Murders" on the Biography Channel (my favorite TV show lately), I got a few more lines done on my sampler for Week 1.
From top to bottom these are:
Top - Filled feather stitch done with 3 strands of silk floss and down the center are blue feather stitches done with 2 strands of silk floss and 1 strand of Kreinik metallic braid.
Middle - Two lines of running stitch in #3 perle cotton bracketing a line of Portuguese stitch, also in #3 perle cotton.
Bottom - Double laced herringbone stitch done with 3-ply silk floss laced with 1 strand of Caron Impressions and 1 strand of Kreinik metallic thread.
After spending some time working these stitches, I can really see where working samplers can significantly improve the quality and the quantity of stitches in my basket of tricks. I love the way the linen feels while I'm working it; however, I do believe that the next time I buy linen to use for samplers it won't be 28-count. I think I'll go for 18- or 20-count... these old eyes would thank me for that!