More Goldwork On The Spot Sampler

Guilloche Stitch, Reverse Chain Stitch and Ceylon Stitch

Guilloche Stitch, Reverse Chain Stitch and Ceylon Stitch

I have been working more on the Spot Sampler of late, slowly catching up with the metal thread stitchery. If you are confused by my posts on this, you aren’t alone – I spend a few minutes every time I sit down trying to work out where I’d got up to!

Some of the stitches are familiar  – Ceylon Stitch, for example, I have used before. In this case I have used the lighter and floppier of the metal threads supplied. It creates a more lacy effect than Tricia intended, but I thought the thread might “strip” less dramatically (I was right, too!). When I finish the main body of the sampler I may  go back and work new versions of some of the stitches around the edge, so in this case, for instance, I would choose to use the heavier, thicker thread. This will make the sampler even more useful by giving me some sense of the variation of appearance available through different threads..

As you can see, I still haven’t entirely got to grips with Guilloche Stitch, although using the stiffer thread did make the whole thing slightly easier. I was becoming slightly anxious about finishing the panel without starting a new length for the last course of interlacing!

Reverse Chain With Buttonhole Edging

Reverse Chain With Buttonhole Edging

I’ve already used the Reverse Chain Stitch with Buttonhole Edging since I learnt it on this course, when I was working the Title of the Map for the Amarna Panels. Now I look at the photograph I see that my tension wasn’t entirely consistent across the whole width of this spot, and the thread stripped and clogged in a couple of places. But then, samplers are for practising on… I may choose to re-work this later, using the finer thread, since I think that if worked fine and delicately this stitch could find a host of new uses.

Plaited Braid Stitch on the Spot Sampler

Plaited Braid Stitch on the Spot Sampler

I felt when I finished my practising for Month Fourteen that the real test of my grasp of Plaited Braid Stitch would come when I came back to the stitch after a week or so. As you can see, I’ve worked it as a counted stitch here, in the larger size and using the heavier thread, and it seems as though I got it right. I kept the instructions to hand all the time, of course, but I’m very pleased with this. It is a real testimony to the clarity of the instructions, and the way they gave me some grip on the structure of the stitch, that I didn’t feel at all anxious when I was working this.

Can you hear me purring?


  1. Very nice! I am finding plaited braid to be an enjoyable stitch. I keep the directions close, too, haven’t quite got the starting sequence down pat without them.

  2. Elmsley Rose says:

    Jasper is MOST impressed!

  3. Well you keep wetting my appetite for gold work. I am looking forward to seeing this piece finished.

  4. Lady Fi says:

    That plaited braid stitch looks amazing!

  5. karen says:

    I absolutely love the Guilloche stitch….you are living proof that practice makes perfect. These are all beautifully executed and I know how tricky it is to work with these threads.

  6. Penny says:

    Lovely!! Doesn’t it feel good to master a stitch!

  7. Alex says:

    Definitely! The plaited braid stitch is fabulous. :o)