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The Learning Sampler was originally an 18 part Stitch Along project that finished up earlier in 2015. I've had so much positive feedback and inquiry about the project that I've decided to re-release it as a single chart project. The project was designed as a way for beginners to learn and practice different types of specialty stitches, so the instructions and diagrams are a bit more in depth than they would be on one of my normal specialty stitch charts, as they assume that this is the first time you've attempted these stitches. The project is suitable for any level of stitcher from beginner to expert.
This 45 page chartpack includes over 80 step by step diagrams and instructions for each stitch you will be doing.
Stitch Count: 208w x 504h
Design Size: 10 x 25 inches on 40 count fabric (20 stitches per inch)
11½ x 28 inches on 36 count fabric (18 stitches per inch)
13 x 31 ½ inches on 32 count fabric (16 stitches per inch)
15 x 36 inches on 28 count fabric (14 stitches per inch)
These dimensions are for the design ONLY. You need to add extra to each side for framing/finishing. The model is stitched on Legacy Linen 34ct Wren Wing, which as mentioned has been recently discontinued. Other colours in this count are still available, or you can substitute Zweigart Raw Linen in 32ct, or your favourite hand dyed fabric. While I'm quite comfortable doing all these lovely stitches on almost any count, I recommend if you're new at it picking a count that you can see well and are very comfortable cross stitching on. In many areas you will be working in each hole rather than every other hole so it is essential you can see the holes easily. A lighter neutral colour of linen or evenweave will be much easier to see. Of course you can also choose to stitch on Aida, but in most stitches you will need to pierce the fabric or alter the stitch to do so, so linen or evenweave is actually easier to use for these stitches.
Floss used (estimates for 32ct):
Silk Mill 4096 Bright White OR DMC Blanc x 9 skeins
Silk Mill 3107 Gigondas OR DMC 815 x 1 skein
Silk Mill 3108 Cotes du Rhone OR DMC 816 x 1 skein
Silk Mill 3109 Lancaster Rose OR DMC 498 x 2 skeins
Silk Mill 3110 Chinese Gooseberry OR DMC 304 x 1 skein
Silk Mill 3111 Scarlet Poncho OR DMC 321 x 2 skeins
Silk Mill 3112 Oriental Poppy OR DMC 666 x 2 skeins
Floss estimates are for 32ct fabric using 2 strands of floss for satin stitching, 1 strand of floss for cross stitch and all other stitching. If you are using DMC in place of Silk Mill, you'll want one extra skein of each red - DMC is much thinner than SIlk Mill so you'll need 2 strands for cross stitch, where the Silk Mill floss is thick enough that you only need one.