Over the next couple of weeks I will talk about each area of the For Love of Stitching Band Sampler which was worked in April 1998 on 26 count linen. It is 6 inches wide
In section 5 I took a different turn with my sampler experiments as I decided to work more with the elements of design on samplers. I think regular readers will see the shift in mood. As you can see this section is very much designed whereas up until this stage I had simply been adding stitches as the fancy took me.
Because I was working from a design – which was a sketch in my studio journal made after a trip to the coast, this section more or less was worked from start to finish in a fairly straight run. Unlike other areas of the sampler I sat down and worked it instead of picking it up when I was in the mood.
I wanted to demonstrate how texture can be used as a design element itself. Most of the threads used are hand dyed by me.
I hope people are enjoying the series. I know that since I have started to write it I have become even more interested in samplers. I am sure people will understand when say it’s a case of the more you put into something the more interesting it becomes. I hope readers sense this too!
What is on the sampler hoop now?
This year since my interest has been stimulated I have been quietly working on new sections for the band sampler. Samples for the new Silk ribbon Embroidery class were all worked on a sampler that will be added to this band sampler. Also this year I have treated my stitching in more diaristic manner as regular readers had a glimpse of when I announced this months stitch explorer challenge.
This journal aspect is proving to be an interesting challenge which I will share when I piece the sections together. A bit of an overarching narrative will be easily conveyed and understood by then.
One thing I have noticed too in blogging the past sections I have been picking up the present section more often and it is growing much quicker. This is an unexpected benefit to documenting the rest of the sampler!
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All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.