This band is of an experimental piece of needleweaving. The band is a freeform variation of needlewoven bars which you will find on page 135 of The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden
The band is done in a mix of threads. Different parts of it are done in DMC perle thread #5, and #8, a hand dyed mercerised cotton, a hand dyed cotton (crochet thread), a hand dyed wool, a hand dyed soft Danish cotton which feels and works up in a similar way to coton a broder and is matt with no sheen. It is approximately the same thickness and weight as perle 8. I also have in it hand dyed silk, and a lightly textured knitting yarn
The piece is worked on a scrap of furnishing fabric that I discovered in a swatch book from a soft furnishing and curtain shop here in Canberra. It was a bone colour and I dyed the fabric on one of those dyeing days when everything gets tipped into the pot.
Procion cold water dyes for threads that consist of natural fibre such as the cotton, wool and silk. Also Procion dyes for the fabric.
All samples are 15 cm (6 inches) wide and stitched together in one long band sampler.
The sampler is currently 44 ft 5 inches or 533 inches (1353.83 centimetres) or 14.8 yards (13.53 metres) long and still being added to.
This section of the sampler was worked in February 1998
Sampler FAQ and back story
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ.
All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.