When I first started the samplers they were regular stitching samples and just that but gradually over time I added little elements that illustrated my story. Theses stories started to creep in from about 2005 so by 2009 I had developed a tendency to tell a story in stitch. While in mourning it seemed obvious to me that when Mum died I should make her a memorial sampler.
To me it is possibly one of the most important sections. As you can see I completed it not long after my mother died in the winter of 2009.
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I will not dwell too long on this section of the sampler as I have done with previous sections. I think the story speaks for itself.
I do have a few details to point out however and instead of doing that over a series of posts I will cover them here.
The choice of colour scheme is obvious. There are 2 charms on the sampler. Both refer to her interest in archaeology.
The sampler has a feather top and bottom as Mum loved birds. She always had some and used to let them fly around the flat which was fine, except she was a beader and the birds were always landing on a tray of beads!
The top section has her full name, Eileen Sylvia McSherry, her age and the date she died.
Mum was an archeologist specialising in Egyptology. She loved ancient cultures and studying the past.
The blackwork patterns is because Mum loved all cultural aspects of the past. The patterns I used were all traditional as I knew she would like them.
The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimeters), or 32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…
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All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.