We are happy today to be posting three more free patterns for the Meet the Board Band Sampler.

The first pattern for this round is provided by Sheila Stewart, the extraordinary Secretary for EAC:  “I love to get out for walks along wooded trails; the leaves on the trees and plants fascinate me with their variety of shapes and colour – particularly the colour! Spring brings light yellow-greens which turn to lush greens in the summer and golds and browns in the fall, often tinged with rain or dew drops or snow and ice. Don’t variegated threads in greens, golds and browns come to mind? And textures – smooth, rough, fuzzy…! And beads for drops of rain or ice or snow! It is indeed inspiration for stitching the leaf stitch in various ways to achieve different results. I hope you have fun playing with this versatile stitch as you create your own woods trail!”

Margaret Adey is the very hard-working Vice-President of EAC and has the pleasure of living in Newfoundland, one of the most beautiful and rugged parts of Canada.  It is no wonder then that Margaret draws the inspiration for her sampler line from the ocean.

*please note:  The following text and photos are as they appeared in the magazine, and have not be reformatted in order to preserve the context of the original article.  This may make this portion seem a little out of order in its instructions, and the materials are what was used in the original .


The corner star is worked like this. Taking three threads at a time, work under and over sixteen rows after having gone round three times to form the centre.

DRAWN-THREAD work has had a long innings, but is likely to be popular for many years yet.  To those who like fine sewing, it is never tedious.  For lasting wear and easy laundering it cannot be beaten.

This little traycloth can be made any size one likes; the original is 12 x 16½ inches and is made from Excelsior Canvas 36 inches wide. ½-yd. will make two cloths.  Ardern’s “Star Sylko” No. 8 is a good strong thread to use; peach (No. 878) and love-in-the-mist blue (No. 783) is a good colour combination, the “stars” and hems being in peach.

Tack a 1/4-inch hem to prevent fraying, but do not draw threads for hemstitching until the rest of the work is completed.

Half-an-inch from the hem commence drawing threads—17 each way, over 11 for the short and over 15 ½ inches for the long side. Buttonhole over the cut edges at the corners taking the stitches over four threads of material. Then hem-stitch into the border taking up two threads. This is done in blue.

With a long blue thread, make a buttonholestitch near the corner on one side. Take this across to the opposite corner and work five

in very simple stitches in two colours . . .

knot-stitches over the next five bundles of threads, miss three threads, go up to the top of the border, work five knots and repeat until the other end is reached.   The next line is commenced just under the first, the thread being taken across the open square to just above where you began the knots in the first row.  This time make the knotstitch over two threads of the first bundle and the next knot-stitch over two of the first bundle and two of the second—six knots in all. Take the thread over the same three bundles left before and go on in the same way, working the second row of knots just under the first. The third row is commenced at the bottom of the square; the fourth just above it.  The fifth is worked straight down the middle, dividing the threads of the bundles again, so that the lattice effect is obtained.
The stars are worked in peach.  Secure the thread at the back of the work; counting the bundles of threads as one, work under and over the threads until you get where you started. Then, taking only three threads at a time, work under and over for twelve rows, slip the cotton down the back of the part just worked; repeat three times on the remaining threads.   The corner is worked in a similar way, except

(Please turn to page 42)

Excerpt from FANCY NEEDLEWORK, Weldon Series No. 147, October 1938 DRAWN THREAD WORK.

Since Isla Marsh is the EAC Librarian, it is not surprising that her contribution comes from a wonderful old needlework magazine.  Enjoy this “blast from the past”!

Sadly, at last we have come to the last line in our series for creating the Meet the Board Band Sampler.  We hope you have enjoyed this series and are having as much fun stitching as the board members had designing. 

Please share photos of your own samplers you have created using these designs by emailing them to prairie@eac.ca along with permission to publish them.  We would love to share your creations on the blog here, the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada Facebook page, or in our magazine, Embroidery Canada.

Check back on December 22nd – we will post the entire Meet the Board Band Sampler pattern at that time for your convenience. 

Thanks for stitching along with us!

1 comment:

  1. So many stitches, so little time! Has anyone managed to stitch the sampler yet?


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