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English Treasure
Designed by Carol Tinson 1999 ©

FABRIC: 28ct Antique White Jobelan - Colourway 1 (left)
28ct Platinum Cashel - Colourway 2 (right)

FABRIC SIZE: 10" X 13"

DESIGN SIZE: 4" X 6 3/4"


Soie Cristale 5015, 1074, 4015, 7005

Caron Collection Waterlilies Fir

DMC Perle 8 - 524
DMC embroidery thread - 712 (for applying beads)
Kreinik No.4 Braid - 002

Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads 02019, 00358
Mill Hill Glass Treasure 12156


Soie Cristale 7094, 7096, 6015, 1095

Caron Collection Waterlilies Mountain Meadow

DMC Perle 8 - 3042
DMC embroidery thread - 3042 (for applying beads )
Kreinik No. 4 Braid 023

Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads 03053
Mill Hill Frosted Beads 62024
Mill Hill Glass Treasure 12155

Tapestry Needle
Beading Needle
Embroidery Hoop or Frame




This sampler is designed for evenweave fabrics only.

Each band has a written description to explain the threads used and the number of strands required .

Every square on the main chart represents working over two threads of the fabric.

There is a choice of 2 colourways for this design. Choose the colour threads and the matching fabric you prefer. Colourway 2 is quoted in parenthesis in the written instructions.

There are stitch diagrams which explain special stitches in greater detail. Follow the numbered sequence of these diagrams to complete the stitches. Please note that each square on these diagrams represent the holes of the fabric and the lines represent the threads of the fabric.

When working with more than 1 strand of a multi dyed thread, remove each individual strand from the length of thread. Place together the required number of strands and make sure that the colours are realigned. Complete each individual stitch, when working with this thread, before moving onto the next. This will help to create a continuous colour flow.

Apply all beads when all other stitching has been completed. Use a beading needle and a single strand of thread using the Half Cross Stitch technique. Make sure all your beads are laying in the same direction.


Follow the key for stitches, beads and threads used

Extra instructions are included for special stitches for particular bands.

Work the design as follows -

Outer border - See key above for threads and stitches

Inner border - See key above for threads and stitches

4 Corner Motifs - See key above for threads and stitches

Band 1

See key - for Cross Stitches
Work the Ray Stitch shown by the following symbol using 1 strands of Perle 8 - 524
( Perle 8 - 3042 ).

Work 1 Long Straight Stitch, as indicated on the main chart by a solid black line, for the stem to the flower using the same thread as the cross stitch leaves. Position the Mill Hill Glass Treasure at the tip of the stem and apply to the fabric using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 4015 ( S.C. 1074 ). The position is shown by the symbol

Work the Knotted Cross Stitch as follows -

Steps 1-4 (as indicated on the main chart by the following symbol X) using 2 strands of Soie Cristale 5015 ( S.C. 7096 )
Steps 5 - 8 using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 1074 ( S.C. 6015 )

Work small Smyrna Crosses in-between the Knotted Cross Stitches using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 1074 ( S.C. 6015 ).
Please note they are positioned off the normal square of the chart and are shown by the following symbol

Work the Cross Stitches - see key

Work the Cushion Stitches shown by the symbol using 1 strand of Perle 8 - 524
( Perle 8 - 3042 ). Avoid pulling these stitches tightly.

Work the double row of Herringbone as follows - please note that only the first row is shown on the main chart.
The first row is worked using 2 strands of Soie Cristale 4015 ( S.C. 1095 ).
The second row is worked using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 5015 (S.C. 7096 ).

Work the Zig Zags above and below the flowers using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 7005
( S.C. 7094 ).
Work the Cross Stitches and apply the beads - see key.
Work the Back Stitch stems to the flowers using 2 strands of Soie Cristale 7005 (S.C. 7094)

Work the Cross Stitches and apply the beads - see key.
Work the Backstitch on the bottom half of this band using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 5015 (S.C. 7096).
Work the Lazy Daisy Stitches on the top half of this band by using 1 strand of Soie Cristale 5015 (S.C. 7096).

Work Cross Stitches - see key.

Work Cross Stitches and beads - see key

Work Kloster Blocks using 1 strand of Perle No 8 - 524 (Perle 8 - 3042). Cut and remove the threads of the fabric as indicated on the main chart by a series of small dots. On the threads of the fabric that remain work Interwoven Bars using 1 strand of Perle No 8 - 524 (Perle 8 - 3042). Work Doves Eye filling stitch in the centre square and 3 cornered Doves Eye Stitch in the top, bottom, right and left hand squares of the design using 1 strand of Perle No 8 - 524 (Perle 8 - 3042).

Extra general instructions are included on how to work Hardanger and cutting the threads of the fabric.



Some people find this the most daunting, but if it is worked through methodically and carefully, then everything should go according to plan!! Read the following before embarking on the cutting.

Cutting is done only after completing the Kloster Blocks and other surface stitching. You must have very sharp, thin bladed scissors that cut well at the tips. This is why the scissors designed specifically for Hardanger are best.

Note that the lines of the graph paper represent the threads of the fabric. The dots on the chart, which show where cutting is to take place, are positioned on top of the threads to be cut. When you cut the threads from the edge of one of the Kloster Blocks, there will always be an opposite Kloster Block where the threads are unravelled to and cut again to completely remove them.

When there are five stitches to a block, there are four threads of the fabric to cut and remove. I prefer to cut and remove each individual thread of the fabric. I remove all the longest threads first and then all the shorter threads.

Insert the needle under the thread to be cut. Lift the needle 'slightly', to slacken the thread of the fabric. Remove the needle and insert the tips of the scissors. Tilt the scissors into the Kloster Block stitches and snip. The thread you have cut will spring back slightly to within the Kloster Block. If you lift the scissors too much, you could distort the fabric and even end up pulling out threads you did not want removing. This technique helps to prevent those small stubs of fabric extending beyond the end of your Kloster Block.

Carefully unravel the cut thread to it's opposite Kloster Block and gently lift the thread up into the Kloster Block on the back of you work and snip. The thread will again spring back slightly to sit within the block. You may find a pair of tweezers helpful.

If you have stubs remaining after cutting then you can either carefully trim them or insert the thick end of your needle in between the stitches of the Kloster Block and ease the stub through to the back.

If you cut the wrong thread, all is not lost. Remove a thread from the edge of the fabric and carefully re-weave it back into the place where you have wrongly cut. If you cut a Kloster Block stitch then you will need to remove the whole block and carefully re-stitch it.

There will be vertical and horizontal threads remaining within the shape. These are used to create decorative filling stitches.

KLOSTER BLOCKS: These are Satin Stitch blocks which outline the design. They are long straight stitches which are oversewn. The stitches alternate their direction by being worked horizontally and then vertically. There are normally 5 stitches to a Kloster Block over 4 threads of the fabric ( or 5 holes of the fabric) , but always check your chart as this may vary, depending on the effect desired.

There are 3 thickness' of thread normally used for Hardanger embroidery, Perle No 5 is the thickest, Perle No 8 is a medium thickness and Perle No 12 is the finest. Kloster Blocks are normally worked with the thickest of the threads. This could either be Perle No 5 or Perle No 8, depending on the count of the fabric you are working on. One strand of Watercolours thread is equivalent to a Perle No 5

To begin anchor the thread away with a waste knot on the right side of the fabric. Either work your stitches over this thread or work the thread into the back of the stitches later.

Always sew the Kloster Blocks by bringing the needle up on the outside edge
of the block and take it down towards the central area of the design which may be cut away later. Bring the needle up at A and put it down at B. See the diagram below showing how to stitch Kloster Blocks. Note that the first and last stitch of each set of Kloster Blocks will share the same hole. At regular intervals, look at the back of your work. The stitches will be slightly slanted but should look the same as the front. If there are any diagonal stitches or a tiny stitch which is worked into a neighbouring hole then you have gone wrong. Carefully unpick your stitches and take care to complete them correctly.

To finish feed the needle and thread through the back of the stitches without encroaching the central area.

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