My huge sampler takes centre stage YAY!

Guild exhibition openingLast night, at the Albert Hall in Canberra, the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT annual exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson Director of the Australian War Memorial and former Defence Minister.

Guild exhibition samplerThis year I was excited as I was invited to exhibit my band sampler. At nearly 100 feet long it ran down the centre of the hall. We used a serpentine fold that ran the length of a series of tables to display it. For readers who have not encountered my band sampler before you can read about it here.

Guild exhibition silkWhat are the poppies doing all over the place? Well they tie into the exhibition theme . The Creative Challenge this year was: Stitching Love and Hope. Inspired by silk postcards from World War One, the exhibit ties in with the WW1 commemoration. The challenge was to re-interpret a Silk postcard. Embroidered silk postcards, known among collectors as simply Silks were popular from 1900 to 1920. The peak of production was during WW1 when it’s estimated that around 10 million were produced. Servicemen serving on the Western Front purchased these cards in Paris on their way through to the trenches. Many were posted home to Australia. You can read more about them on the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT website here.

The 2014 Annual Exhibition will be held from 19 to 21 September at the Albert Hall, Yarralumla, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory open from 10am to 4pm.

Detail 678 and 679 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler Click on the thumbnail for an article  about this section of the embroidery.

Stitches Used

This detail is is a version of feathered chain stitch worked in cotton thread on hand dyed Aida cloth.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

Here I took the idea further and worked the stitch row upon row and then added bugle beads. The thread is hand dyed cotton Perle #8.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework SamplerDate:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.

Size:

This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

Detail 676 and 677 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
This is a small detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler Click on the thumbnail to be taken to the post about this section of the embroidery sampler and find out how I pieced together different fabrics as a foundation cloth.

Stitches

this small detail is another example of me stitching what was happening in my life or simply marking an event. This time is is ANZAC day a national memorial day.

The stitches are a hodge podge  of canvas work stitches that I was experimenting with. I worked them in different threads of cotton, silk and rayon on 26 cnt linen

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

The next sample is chained cross stitch that was spaced to allow for bugle beads to be stitched between them. The fabric is hand dyed 18 cnt Aida. (Bugles next to the Anzac day piece seemed appropriate)

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.

Size:

This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

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Detail 674 and 675 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you click on the thumbnail you can read about this section of the embroidery sampler and how I pieced together different fabrics as a foundation cloth.

Stitches 

This detail is illustrates an number of canvas work stitches used on Aida. There are a mix of threads both hand dyed and commercial in different fibers. In this area I used stranded cotton floss, cotton #8 Perle and cotton #5 perle, silk and wool.  I used mostly straight stitches worked in a similar manner to Bargello and I added some eyelets and Rhodes stitch.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

As I stitched the news was full of reports about the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. So another piece of journalling appeared as I added a note about it.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.

Size:

This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.