I stitched this sampler late in 2009 it was done in a couple of weeks.
At the time I was experimenting with foundation fabrics and I patch worked together hand dyed fabrics as the cloth of the sampler. All the fabrics were hand dyed and painted using procion dyes and were scraps left over from other projects. I simply pieced the squares of linen and cottons together in a strip. Since they were left overs I felt I was not wasting anything by experimenting on them.
I was interested in exploring a bit using laid patterns but I did not want to work a traditional pattern. So I worked blocks of laidwork patterns on an angle and in a more freeform manner. Then let a spill of beads fall and be stitched in a trail almost the length of the sampler.
I admit it may have been a bit heavy handed with the beads but the idea was to experiment!
I had a lot of fun with it!
In future posts I will share the details about threads stitches etc, this post is introducing the area of the sampler and setting the context.
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.