It has been a while since I have done any sort of work in progress report so this morning I decided to right the situation.
As many readers know over on Stitchin Fingers in the Hand Embroidery group we have started a stitch-along. This is as far as I have got on my band sampler. The tacking stitches are to define the edge of the sampler while I stitch. They will be removed. The white strip of fabric is simply muslin sewn down the side so I can hoop the piece. I would have liked to done a little more but sometimes life is a little busy.
For this stitch along I decided to add to my long band sampler which is currently at 33 ft 2 inches or in metric that is 10.109 meters long.
I constructed the foundation fabric for this section of my band sampler because the list of stitches included in the stitch along are so varied. Some stitches will work OK on an even weave fabric or Aida but others such as crewel and surface embroidery stitches need a cloth with a firmer weave and will look better if they are worked on something not so grid like because the thread will be able to follow a curve easier. Since one single type of fabric will not be suitable for all stitches I pieced together a cloth of different types of needlework fabric.
As you can see from the stitch along list of stitches I have worked standard Chain stitch, detached chain, whipped chain and enjoyed experimenting a little with zig zag chain and feathered chain stitch.
Next I started to experiment with Butterfly chain and discovered it was not on the master list! Never the less I will continue exploring it as its a stitch I have not done too much with before. I did do a little exploration of this stitch last year during TAST and I think it has a lot more to offer. So I plan to continue exploring it as it is interesting.
I am interested in the autobiographical aspects often found in textiles and plan to add a little more text to my band sampler. Hence the stitch along start date and group name.
If you click on the images you will be taken to larger versions held in my Picasa account which if you click on the magnifying glass icon will take you to a larger version again.
As I said I would have liked to have done more but it was a busy month. That said I do hope to be writing one of these work in progress reports a bit more often.