Anniversary Sampler Embroidery Template
I designed The Jessie Chorley Anniversary Sampler template to mark the momental mile stone of being in business for fifteen years.
This hand-printed template uses elements of the designs from several of my favourite illustrations. These symbols run throughout my work in embroidery, ink and collage. My illustrations are brought together and celebrated within this anniversary design.
The central motif in my design is a large teapot. The original drawing for this motif comes from a teapot that sits in my mum’s cottage in North Wales, and was a gift from me to her on a memorable birthday. I conceived and drew the design many moons ago, while sitting in her kitchen enjoying a steaming cup of tea on a cold January morning. In the sampler illustration, the teapot is surrounded by precious personal images that reflect different chapters of my life. It is my intention that through my own illustrated story, you too can find a personal narrative in stitch that will evolve from my design.
I have left three areas in the template empty, so that you can fill them in with motifs and designs of your choice. These areas are inside the teapot, between the moon and the butterfly, and above the handle of the ink pen. You can see how I have incorporated my own imagery in these areas, by stitching a house inside the middle of the teapot, an ink pot directly above the pen, and a sail boat on a wavy sea between the moon and the butterfly.
To begin this design, I initially worked into the printed areas, building up each section stitch by stitch. I then introduced scattered needle-turned appliqué details. I would encourage you to follow the same steps, beginning your individual sampler by working within the printed areas of my template, then adding details around them.
The fabrics that I have used for my appliquéd patchwork details come from my extensive personal collection of vintage fabrics and materials. I would encourage you to start your own collection of fabric scraps and samples, to incorporate into your own craftwork. I have mainly used plain tones and muted colours for my patchwork details, giving me the option to work back into these areas at a later stage in further depth and detail. In my own version of the sampler, in addition to quieter colours, I have also added a scattering of small ruby red fabric patches, to make my overall design ‘pop’ – this richly coloured material was taken from a larger piece of 1940s French patchwork quilt.
Print Measures: 45 cm x 35 cm.
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All rights reserved.This DIY project is an original Jessie Chorley design and is for personal use, inspiration and enjoyment only and must not be used in commercial projects.