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Plant a Vegetable Garden Sampler of Stitches
Embroidery samplers go back hundreds of years, but they're also perfect for modern embroiderers. Especially when you can use the idea of a sampler to create a stitched vegetable garden to hang on your wall! This free pattern shows you how.
Samplers frequently are worked in rows, making them a natural fit for rows of embroidered veggies. As you "plant" your garden, you'll also have the opportunity to practice 11 of the 15 stitches that every embroiderer should know.
Grab your embroidery supplies and get ready to stitch a plot full of organic, homegrown produce!Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Garden Sampler Pattern, Colors & Stitches
The pattern for the vegetable garden sampler is available as a downloadable JPG file. Printing the image so it fits on a standard piece of paper should result in a pattern that fits within a 6-inch embroidery hoop.
Trace the pattern with a water-soluble pen. Other transfer methods work too, but be sure to choose one that has removable lines (for example, iron-transfer pens are not a good choice).
It isn't always necessary to mark every bit of the pattern (for example, for the circle of blanket stitch on the cauliflower, you can mark only the circle and not the little lines attached to the circle). However, sometimes having more markings is helpful for beginners.
The colors used in the sampler are as follows: DMC 3021, 3835, 316, 367, 989, 728, 817 and ecru.
Feel free to adjust the colors to suit your tastes. Changing the colors is also an easy way to change the vegetables in your garden. For example, instead of red cabbage, make it green. Or make the center row green zucchini instead of yellow squash.
Follow the stitch guide in the diagram, and continue reading for more details and tips for stitching the different vegetables and stitches.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Stitching Cabbage and Carrot Tops
The lines that separate each section of the garden should be stitched with 6 strands of brown-black embroidery floss. Use back stitch for each line.
The top row of the garden is a little patch of cabbages. In the sample, they are stitched with 2 strands of light purple and 2 strands of medium purple, blended together so you are working with 4 strands in total.
Use three french knots for the center and then build a bullion knot rose around the knots. You don't need to follow the markings on the pattern exactly. Just keep adding overlapping bullion knots until it reaches the size of the marked circle.
The greens growing out of the top of a carrot have a feathery look. Stitch these with 3 strands of darker green thread.
Use feather stitch to work each line. Start at the outside and work toward the center of each cluster, keeping the stitches small.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Stitching Squash, Tomatoes & Cauliflower
The vines and squash should be stitched with 3 strands of embroidery floss. Use golden yellow for the squash and light green for the vine and leaves.
Next is a row of tomato plants with tiny tomatoes. Use 3 strands throughout, with dark green for the greenery and red for the tomatoes.
Finally, at the bottom of the garden is a row of cauliflower. This is the most delicate of the stitching, so it's best left for the end so there's less chance of accidentally snagging the stitches.
Use 3 strands of embroidery floss, working the outside with light green and the inside with ecru.