Work in Progress – Cross Stitch Samplers

Work in Progress - Hand Embroidered Medieval Cross Stitch Samplers

Work in Progress – Cross Stitch Samplers

This is a little teaser image of some new hand embroidered cross stitched pieces that I’ve been working on lately. The works are inspired by old English and Welsh hand embroidered samplers like those I viewed in the archives at St Fagans Museum in Cardiff Earlier this year.

The works are created using counted stitch processes; primarily cross stitch but also with some blackwork embroidered embellishments too. The work pictured above is hand embroidered with cross stitch on natural linen fabric. whilst I’m using a number of old references in the creation of these new works the content of these embroideries is much more current, providing a contemporary social commentary. You will have to wait until the new year however before I unveil the first of these embroideries.

I have compiled a number of alphabet patterns from old samplers to use in these works. You can download a selection of them here to use in your own projects.