The Splendid Sampler: Block 11 Crocheted Thoughts 

It’s finally time to update everyone on another Splendid Sampler finish block.


Block 11 by Alyssa Thomas was a mix of piecing and embroidery. After my successful attempts at embroidery with block 4 and block 7, I was throughly excited to start this new  block!

So I jumped to it and get my block done. I was in the groove so I didn’t want to leave my house and sewing room to use my mom’s light table at her house.

Thank goodness for BIG west facing windows and warm, sunny California days! I was able to tape up and trace the embroidery pattern right onto my fabric without the need for a light table.

Before I began the actual stitching, I made a quick trip to Joann’s for some hoops and needles. The last blocks did I with old hoop or without one completely. And with the way this sampler was going, I figured there was more embroidery to come so it wouldn’t hurt to have some hoops to use. Good ones.

So I began. Using the same maroon floss and this time using a chain stitch, I made my way around the design and then…

I slowed to a stop. For some reason I couldn’t pull myself through. I’m not sure what it was, maybe just the need to quickly move onto the next block or the tedium of so much embroidery.

After a while, I finished the center design and decided it was good enough. I enjoyed learning a new stitch but I was ready to move on.

What did I learn from this block:

  • Using a hoop really does help. While I can embroider without one, the tension built with the hoop does made it easier.
  • I may want to purchase some stabilizer. I’ve yet to use it and I wonder if it will change the way I embroider.
  • DON’T LEAVE MY PROJECTS IN THE HOOP! As you can see, no matter how much I iron it, the impression from the hoop is still there.
  • Sometimes, less is more. Not doing the whole design for the embroidery turned out perfectly fine and looks good.

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