Competition Coronation sampler

In 1997 I promised myself I would do everything I could to design and stitch an embroidery sampler that would win an embroidery competition.

I’d been, by chance, to an embroidery snd quilting show in Harrogate because I had nothing else to do. That’s was when and where my interest in embroidery was kindled. I watched Jack Robinson demonstrating the blackwork piece he was working on. Wow!

The catch? I couldn’t stitch. Never even picked up a needle. The internet was just beginning to take off. No apps or iPads. Didn’t have an email address.

I have spent the last 21 years learning to stitch. I’m at a point where I feel confident enough to have a go at researching, designing and stitching my own sampler for the Madeira 2019 competition. Don’t expect to win, but know I will enjoy the journey.  My last sampler acts as inspiration as I make the first stitch.


L’Heure de Calluna, An Epic Silk and Metal Embroidery project, by Nicola Jarvis. The Alpine Experience

Last summer, I had the privilege to join a class led by Nicola in Les Carroz in the French Alps. The project was to stitch a sampler, on printed silk dupion, using Au Ver a Soie silk threads, metallic threads, beads and sequins. This is my journey completing this sampler. I met some great fellow stitchers, who made for fantastic company.

Will of Matilda, Queen to William the Conqueror, Needlework Bequest (d.1082) (Will, 1083)

“I give to the Abbey of the Holy Trinity my tunic worked at Winchester by Alderet’s wife, and the mantle embroidered with gold, which is in my chamber, to make a cope. Of my two golden girdles, I give that which is ornamented with emblems for the purpose of suspending the lamp before the great altar.”