A few years ago -- I'm embarrassed to say how many -- I won a Dropcloth embroidery sampler from Creativebug. And I just got around to stitching it a few months ago.
Stitching this was really easy, because the designer Rebecca Rinquist has a Creativebug class that goes right along with it. So if you're stuck on a stitch, you can just look up the video and watch Rebecca demonstrate what you should do. I think it made stitching go a lot faster than if I had to look up each stitch.
(If you're interested, you can enroll in Rebecca Rinquist's Creativebug Advanced Embroidery Sampler class here.)
The back of the work is always one of my favorite parts. This one is no exception.
I didn't buy any new floss to complete this. I used a combination of DMC floss, including some cottons, that I already had in my stash, plus a few scrap yarns that I untwisted to decrease the number of plies. I didn't really plan the color palette, and I think the randomness worked out pretty well.
I had so many favorite stitches from the sampler. This turkey work and the raised needle weaving were two of them.
To hang my sampler, I sewed a (messy) binding around it and then added eyelets with my sewing machine. Adding the eyelets was really fun, and it made me think that I'd like to try some freeform machine embroidery sometime.
What are some of your favorite embroidery stitches? Now that the weather is warming up, I'm doing a little less knitting and more sewing and embroidery, so I'm ready to try something new!