New Pattern: Passacaglia Inspired Stitch Sampler

View from above of an embroidery hoop with white fabric. There is a round design embroidered on the fabric. The circle is divided into 31 segments, starting with a pentagon in the centre.

I finished this sampler on January 10th, not too bad for a project that was supposed to be a daily sampler project for December. :-)

I am really happy with how the sampler has turned out, despite some of the shapes being a bit awkward for the stitches I chose for them. And maybe the distribution of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ stitches could be a bit better, but hey-ho. I enjoyed the stitching and that was the main thing.

The template design is inspired by La Passacaglia quilts, which you may be familiar with. I love the look of those but I don’t think I’d have the patience to make one. I started a hexagon EPP quilt 10 years ago and let’s just say it is currently not even big enough for a cushion cover! :-D

My favourite thing about the sampler is probably the woven stitch in the middle. I really like doing the woven stitch. And I suspect that I would really live weaving. I have been seriously considering buying a small loom but I’m not sure I’d have the time to properly get to know a brand new craft. Maybe in a few months if I’m still feeling kinda obsessed…

If you want to make a sampler like this, buy the template/pattern here. It includes a list of the stitches and colours I used and the template in four sizes.

Close up of embroidery on white fabric in an embroidery hoop. The  embroidery uses many different stitches in blue, pink and warm yellow colours.

Just look at that woven stitch… *heart eyes* I’m also rather partial to the single colour battlement filling/couching stitch. It’s the filled hexagon at the top. It has a very nice 3D effect.



  1. Barbara H.
    January 27, 2023 / 1:49 am

    Love this! The color combo is really striking with the deep magenta and bright yellow. I’ve never done woven stitch but must give it a try as that section is just stunning. I also really like the battlement stitching in just one color – isn’t it usually seen with multiple colors, or am I thinking of something else?

    • Carina
      January 30, 2023 / 10:01 am

      Thank you, Barbara! :-)
      yes, you are right, battlement filling is usually worked in multiple colours, often with an ombré effect. It was fun to see how it would do in a single colour. :-)

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