What you need:
Your Sampler square
Erasable pen ( I used a Pilot Frixion Ball – available at supermarkets for a couple of dollars)
Nanny edit: Please see new, detailed info re these pens here and decide for yourself re their use.
With the erasable pen, rule a line 2 and 1/4″ from the top and another at 2 and 1/2″
( Using 2 strands and starting from the left side if you are right handed)
Working on the bottom line, do a double stitch 1″ from the fabric edge, bringing the needle to the start of the line.
Insert needle on top line, across about 1/4″ from start of line and bring needle out straight under on the bottom line.
Loop thread under needle
Pull gently to complete stitch
Repeat process and work across until you finish the row or run out of thread
If you run out of thread, finish the stitch by taking the needle through to the back just to the right of where the needle came out.
Back of work
Take a very small stitch and through the loop to anchor it.
Trim thread and turn to front
Take 2-3 very small stitches towards the stitching, needle coming out to the left of the upright
Continue blanket stitches to the end
Finish last stitch by inserting needle just to the right of the upright and coming out 1/4″ away towards the fabric edge
Do a double stitch
Rule another line 4″ from the top of fabric
Using the removable cap of the pen as a template, trace a circle
With 2 strands, start with a double knot as before, bringing needle out in the centre of the circle
Make a blanket stitch, using the centre of the circle as ‘the top line’
Continue around the circle, inserting needle at the centre for each stitch and bringing it out on the circle, a little to the right each time
Complete the last stitch as before, taking needle to the back. Anchor thread and trim. Press.