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#028 Butterfly Garden Sampler!

Stitched with all silk threads, on antique white linen, this sampler was a joy to design from start to finish! I loved the soft green colour of the little green Gazebo, where you can sit and rest under the canopy of tumbling vines and you are hidden for butterfly watching! It has old fashioned roses climbing over the roof and is surrounded by herbs and flowers. I just know that if I had one, I’d like it to look just like that! I spent some time reading about the spirit of attracting butterflies, and enjoyed finding out which plants are known to encourage butterflies to come to feed often. My friend Cathy has planted bushes and plants in their garden, and the sight of them dancing around their garden this summer was just beautiful to behold! So when I designed the garden beyond, I also included more dancing multicoloured butterflies, and planted it with plants butterflies love! The Black-Eyed Susans, Butterfly Bush, Lavender, Purple Coneflowers, and of course, delphiniums and more butterflies.... The Rhodes Butterfly band gave me a good feeling, as I always love to work the Rhodes stitch especially this time, when I got to see what kinds of colours would come out of the new Thread Gatherer Silk ‘N Colors Overdyed threads! Cecilia actually dyed it to order for me, and we will have exclusive use of it! A wee Hardanger gate sits at the bottom of the sampler, and when I had finished weaving two little butterflies in the gate, it looked just right! A delectable choice of textures and techniques for the experienced stitcher, this Learning Sampler is also ideal for the beginning specialty stitcher. Have fun stitching your own Butterfly Garden!


Design area: 113h x 30w
Model: 28ct Antique White Cashel
21.5" x 5.15" (cut 28" x 11")


Design area: 40w x 40h Model: 28ct Ant. White Cashel Linen: 2 3/4"high x 2 3/4" wide (Cut 5” x 5”)

NEW!Butterfly Accessory Pack”:

Also available at your local needlework shop are our separately packaged Victoria Sampler Gold Plated Handpainted Butterfly Charms! They are specially painted by our own artist to match the“Butterfly Garden” overdyed silk! Each Butterfly charm can vary slightly according to the whim of our artist. Use them to decorate the sampler, the charming little pincushion, or the bell pull hardware like we did! But don’t just use them for the Butterfly Sampler! They are really cute to use in all sorts of places. Attach them to other items to liven up a garden scene, needleroll or hardanger ornament! Glue them to your mat when framing. Use your imagination, and have fun!

#028P Butterfly Garden Sampler Accessory Pack
  • Thread Gatherer - “Butterfly Garden” Silk ‘N Colors
  • Access Trebizond TRA 741 - Bayberry light
  • Access Soie 100 - 3 - blanc
  • DMC #12 - #504 blue-green light
  • Kreinik #4 Braid #041 - multicoloured metallic
  • Kreinik Mori #4077 - green very dark
  • Kreinik Mori #4166 - green med dark
  • Kreinik Mori #4164 - green med light
  • Kreinik Mori Milkpaint #0414 - green light
  • Access Au Ver a Soie #1343 - purple
  • Kreinik Mori #6114 - pink medium
  • Kreinik Mori #6112 - pink light
  • Kreinik Mori Milkpaint #724 - gold
  • Kreinik Mori Milkpaint #524 - sky blue

Butterfly Charm Accessory Pack:

One Handpainted Gold-plated Butterfly Charm to Match “Butterfly Garden” Silk ‘N Colors Overdyed Silk Floss

Extra Materials Needed:

Bell pull Hardware (optional)

NOTE: The Regular Accessory Pack available for this design contains no Butterflies, but does include all the silk, cotton and metallic threads used in the sampler and the pillow, including the“Butterfly Garden” overdyed silk, which is produced by the Thread Gatherer exclusively for the Victoria Sampler. If you wish to buy your materials separately, the closest substitute for the the“Butterfly Garden” Silk ‘N Colors is“Sherbet” Silk ‘N Colors.

Stitches used in this Sampler:
  • Cross Stitch
  • Backstitch
  • Lazy Daisy
  • Pins
  • Satin Stitch
  • Pulled Bricking
  • Hemstitch
  • Rhodes Butterfly Stitch
  • Four Sided Stitch
  • Kloster Blocks
  • Modified Kloster Blocks
  • Wrapped Bars
  • Algerian Eye Stitch
  • Partial Greek Weaving
  • Smyrna Cross Stitch
  • Gobelin Stitches
  • Couching


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#055 Spring Garden Sampler..

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