This band is worked in back stitch. It is a pattern I discovered on an Italian Sampler which is housed in the Victorian and Albert Museum. I spent a very pleasant afternoon in the study area while I drafted out the pattern. It is worked in back stitch because I wanted to use hand dyed threads that shifted colours. Traditionally these patterns were worked in Holbein stitch (also known as double running stitch)
A hand dyed perle cotton #8
This section of my sampler is worked on 26 count linen which has been hand painted with procion cold water dyes.
Procion cold water dyes were used for both thread and foundation 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 March 1998
Sampler FAQ and back story
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All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.