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**WARNING: Instructions for the seaweed are incomplete, and still in progress!**

Samplers don't have to be cross stitched alphabets. It's been ages since I had the attention span to do cross stitch (I was 8 the last time, I believe).

Samplers are lovely when they display a few different embroidery stitches. I was looking at some stitches a couple months ago, and thought a lot of them reminded me of organic, growing shapes. Different stitches can make great leaves, vines, flowers, or seaweed.


When I first tried some crewel type embroidery... a few months ago, I think...

I originally had grand plans of making a comprehensive, modern, elegant stitch sampler. I looked up a bunch of stitches (I found a GREAT resource here, by the way: http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/reference/pictu... ), drew some lines on some fabric, embroidered a few... and then put down the embroidery to stop a kid from squashing banana into the carpet.

This sampler only shows a few stitches. It doesn't take too long... so that works for me.

Step 1: Transfer the Pattern

Print out a pattern and trace it onto fabric.  Watercolor pencils can be cheap and don't usually stain fabric (but the red ones can a bit more easily).

Usually if I'm actually drawing my pattern on before I stitch it, I draw the basic design first, then add the details when I'm ready to stitch that area.  Otherwise, some of the pigment might rub off before I get to all the areas, and I'm too lazy to do things twice.


Oh, right... you need supplies.  Unless you're doing imaginary embroidery.  Man, I think those excedrin PM that I took are definitely kicking in... 



You will need:

fabric
embroidery floss in whatever color you want
some sort of writing utensil, preferably one that can write on fabric but will wash out later
a needle
scissors or very sharp teeth
embroidery hoop (optional... helps to keep the fabric stretched at an even tension
some sort of pattern (once again optional... some people doodle with a needle and thread instead of a pen and paper)


I've attached the pdfs for this sampler pattern.  One has the stitches in color, and the other just has simple black lines.
<p>Anyone know what the rest of the stitches are called? I started without realizing its not a complete pattern. :( </p>
<p>sent you a message - I'm so sorry! I forgot to finish this one AGES ago. :( </p><p>I'm updating this instructable as fast as I can. &lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3</p>
<p>Thank you!!!! You are the best!</p>
lovely &lt;3
Very sweet! I love all of the different techniques you used. Well done on getting (most of) it up before your deadline. I decided to fail and sleep instead. :P
This is beautiful!

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