A Scrapbook of Stitch Samplers

Stitch samplers are a terrific way to practice new stitches.

The very first canvas embroidery stitch I learned – way back in the day – was the mosaic stitch. There are literally hundreds of canvas embroidery stitches that you can use to add depth and dimension to your needlepoint projects. And back in late September and early October, I hosted the 2020 Stitch Challenge to help needlepointers expand their stitch repertoires. More than 600 stitchers from around the world took part in that fun-filled three weeks. Several of those stitchers created samplers from their doodle canvases.

If you missed out on the 2020 Stitch Challenge, you’re gonna love this week’s blog post. It’s a scrapbook of samplers submitted by some of the stitchers who participated – and I’m also sharing the list of 15 essential stitches that I believe every needlepointer should know.

Ready to dive in?


First up – here are some of the lovely stitch samplers that popped up all over Facebook and Instagram during the Stitch Challenge…

Susan is making her sampler into a gift. I can’t tell you all the details because I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I’ll definitely share a picture of it after the holidays. 😉

Just one a many stitch samplers from the 2020 Stitch Challenge, Susan's is pretty in pink!

Teri’s sampler is so bright and cheerful. I love the colors!!

And here’s a beautiful sampler from Anne…

Anne's colorful stitch sampler is just one of many samplers created in the 2020 Stitch Challenge.

Christine’s is terrific, too…

Christine's sampler is terrific, too!

And so is Tracey’s!

Which of these beautiful samplers is your favorite?

There’s no way I can pick a favorite. They’re all W O N D E R F U L – and each one reflects the personality of the stitcher. 🙂

Never in a million years did I ever think I’d have as much fun as I did with this Challenge.

Alrighty, here are some more spectacular samplers for you…

Don’t you just love seeing how a variety of threads work up in the different stitches on these samplers?

There are so many creative combinations! From wool, silk, and cotton to novelties and overdyed threads – there’s a smattering of just about everything you can imagine. Take a peek below at even more samplers…

Stitch samplers are a terrific way to learn new canvas embroidery stitches.

A scrapbook of stitch samplers from the 2020 Stitch Challenge...

Love, LOVE, L-O-V-E seeing samplers from young stitchers!

Making stitch samplers is a terrific way to get extra practice when learning new stitches.

And if you want to create your own stitch sampler, you’ll need the list of 15 stitches that I think every needlepointer should know.

So here ya’ go…

  1. Diagonal Mosaic Stitch
  2. Woven Plait Stitch
  3. Hungarian Stitch
  4. Byzantine Stitch
  5. Brick Stitch
  6. Hungarian Ground Stitch
  7. Bargello Line Pattern 1
  8. Cashmere Stitch
  9. Parisian Stitch
  10. Scotch Stitch
  11. Nobuko Stitch
  12. T-Stitch
  13. Criss-Cross Hungarian Stitch
  14. Milanese Stitch
  15. Upright Cross Stitch

If you make a sampler, be sure and share a picture of it on social media – and please tag me (@serendipityneedleworks) so I can find it!

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Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you again on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. CST for another episode of Needlepoint TV™.

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Stitch with a smile!


2 thoughts on “A Scrapbook of Stitch Samplers”

  1. Beautiful work, everyone. I just love this page. It teaches me color combinations and colors with different stitches. It makes me happy.


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