I recently rounded up all the sampler pieces I worked last year and pieced them together then added them to my For the love of stitching band sampler.
I had an email asking how I back my sampler and I promised to blog what I did, this is what I do.
First, I trim the sampler pieces to make sure they are straight and even
Next I join all pieces end to end, so the form one long strip.
I cut a strip of fabric for the back.
I attach the strip of backing fabric using a single row of machine stitches down each side of the strip. I don’t over lock the seams or anything. If for some reason I need to be able to get to the back of the sampler or if I want to separate them I don’t want a complicated unpicking session. I want to be able to more or less pull one thread and undo the lot. So the backing fabric is held on with one line of stitches.
I then turn the tube inside out
To get a sharp edge I use a piece of cardboard that is the exact width of the sampler.
I press the back of the sampler and as I go edge the card along inside the sampler. I Don’t press the front of the sampler just press the back on a well padded ironing table so that the embroidery is not squashed flat.
I then add the tube to the main roll. To do this I hand stitch it.
I was a bit worried that the latest new section would not fit in as it is made up of patch worked hand dyed evenweave fabrics but when I added to the sampler it did not look out of place.
Apart from the chicken scratch I have been working on a series of chain stitch experiments. They are worked on the patchworked section I am talking about.
With most of these samplers have been worked using a hoop but this latest one that included the chicken scratch variations for the January stitch explorer challenge is being worked using a scroll frame.
Oh! I nearly forgot with the latest extension the sampler brings its length to 44 ft 5 inches or 533 inches (1353.83 centimetres) or 14.8 yards (13.53 metres) long.
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All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.