Elephant Stitch Sampler update

elephant stitch sampler progress
The elephant stitch sampler is coming along. There's not too many more 'blank spaces' to fill in!

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. It’s time for another SAL check-in!

My little elephant is coming together quite nicely. There’s not much more to complete in terms of ‘drawn in lines’ I need to cover. But I also think I don’t want to add too much more or else it will become quite overcrowded.

TAST Stitch 8 – Chain Stitch

I’ve added in some more chain stitch.  I wasn’t quite sure what the best stitch was to surround these little flowers.

I opted to stitch them in an Appleton’s wool, and in a purple colour. Still in the same kind of pink colour family as the rest of the piece, but adding a little variety with both texture and colour! I’m quite happy with the overall effect of this area.

I had originally thought I’d need to add something else into this area, but now it’s all stitched in, I’m quite happy with how it has all finished up, and I won’t be adding more to it.

chain stitch worked in wool


 TAST Stitch 94 – Portuguese Stem Stitch (again!)

For the sake of consistency in the design, I have decided to stitch another area with the same stitch I used in the last check in – Portuguese stem stitch.

There’s a few reasons for this. Firstly, I really enjoy stitching this stitch!

Secondly – I’m wanting to create a little bit of consistency in the design, and as the area has a similar feel to it as the first time I stitched this stitch, I thought this was a wise idea. I haven’t quite finished this area, but I’m sure you will get the idea!

Portuguese stem stitch


Time to consider how to finish those last little bits!

I’ve been thinking about how I will finish off the last few bits which need covering. On the whole, I’m going to be choosing ‘safe’, and ‘obvious’ stitches like stem stitch, running stitch, and probably some more chain stitch.

My big question is how should I finish the outline of him? With some rather ‘heavy’ stitching in areas within the middle of the elephant, I’m thinking a standard stem stitch might not be the answer. Unless I stitch it in something like a perle 5 thread? Or maybe another wool?

Your ideas and help on this one will be appreciated!

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44 thoughts on “Elephant Stitch Sampler update”

  1. I am not clever enough to do real embroidery so I cannot help with ideas for you Catherine. I am sure you will arrive at the perfect solution as you always do, and I for one will just sit back and admire your talents, as always.

  2. If you’ve learnt not to over-complicate sections which work beautifully as they are, you have learned one of the most important lessons, and I am sure that you will pick the right finishing touch!

    1. Thanks Rachel. I think this piece in particular lends itself to more just by the nature of it. But I think it’s time to say ‘done’ very soon.

  3. I really like the idea of couching, the only alternative I can think of is a double line of back stitch, with the outside edge being a shade darker than the inner to create a bit of a shadow effect. I’m not sure that it would work nearly as well as the couching, as it might be too heavy.

  4. I like the idea of a thicker thread, perle cotton or yarn as you’ve said. Couching is another great idea. I think I’m going to have to create an opportunity to learn the Portuguese stem stitch since you say it’s fun to stitch!

  5. Wow! Your elephant is coming along so nicely. I like the intricacy of all the stitches and color – texture is really your friend here. I’m not so good at embroidery, but after reading the comments here, couching seems like a good option. I know you will pick the perfect stitch and color and I am excited to see what you choose.

    1. Thanks so much Connie! I’m having a lot of fun with the different stitches and textures you can create. I think I’ll miss this project when it’s done!

  6. What a beautiful site this is! I am full of admiration for your skill and your patience. I used to do a lot of embroidery when I was young but haven’t done any for years – lack of time to begin with and now my eyesight isn’t as good as it was and my fingers are so awkward with my arthritis I find holding needles difficult! I have so enjoyed looking at all your posts! Thank-you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow. Clare

    1. Thanks for such a lovely comment Clare! I truly love embroidery and am hoping this comes through in my site and posts. It sounds like you have lots of your own lovely pieces to soak in now. I hope you are able to enjoy another craft now in any spare time you may have!
      Thanks for visiting!

  7. It’s coming along really beautifully. Thanks for sharing your progress on Handmade Monday, it’s nice to see your work building up week by week.

  8. Catherine, you have made such beautiful progress! I love the idea of couching for the outline. Whatever you decide upon will be gorgeous. You do such lovely work.

  9. It has been so many years since I did any embroidery, but I have been thinking about trying it again. This design is so beautiful; it’s an inspiration! Thank you for sharing at Party in Your PJs!

  10. Wow this looks amazing. You are very talented, I actually just attempted my first embroidery and was going to post it. It’s small but I love diys so I tried it out. I just dawn your page from the post of the blog party. Love you’re work

    1. Thanks Jessica for such kind words of encouragement! I hope you do find enjoyed peace in embroidery. If you have any questions do ask!

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