For the last 20 months or so I have had strips of embroidered fabric accumulate on my design wall. As I stitch sections of my sampler it goes up on my design wall so I can live with it for a while but I decided that it was time to take them all down, piece them together and add them to my band sampler. I am giving a design and stitch workshop next week and plan to take it with me.
As you can see the sampler zig-zags over the table. This really is a case of blogging influencing what I do. It is not so much that I have stitched in order to blog but every second day I write about a band on my big long sampler and I have been doing this steadily over the last 20 months.
What this process of blogging means is that the sampler is constantly fore grounded in my thoughts. I have quite naturally, I think picked it up more than I normally would do. I did not realise just how much it had been in my hands until I pieced it together. I am sure without writing constantly about it I would not have stitched so much!
How long is it now?
74ft 8 inches or 24.8 yards
2275 cm or 22.75 meters
Which ever way you measure it that is long! It still fits easily in a suitcase and as a teaching aid I think works well.
Next week apart from TAST and my regular posts about the sampler and crazy quilting details I will not be doing lot here. It will be a busy week for as I will be flying up to Queensland to give a 2 day workshop.
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.
All posts in the series are in the category the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.
WOW is an understatement!!!! What a tremendous display of marking your time and talent!
I have heard about these "bands" for months but have only every seen a little bit here and a little bit there… i have only just stumbled into this post and seen the sheer magnitude of the work.
what a fantastic effort. I could never be so dedicated.
thank you for such a great site
It is fantastic! Something incredible and so beautiful! Great work!
Wow! I've been impressed seeing it in bits and pieces, but seeing the whole sampler at once is just…awe inspiring! I love how the bits of non-white fabric and the different textures of the various stitches give a nice interest, but you keep returning to the pink/blue/purples to keep it unified. Was this planned, or serendipity at work? I definitely would keep this in the carry-on luggage!
Hello Sharon !
thanks for your blog
ella from France
Sharon that is stupendous!
You are such an inspiration to all stitchers in cyberspace! Best wishes and I hope you keep sharing your knowledge and inspiration! You're the best!
Sharon, WOW That has got to be one of the most amazing things I've EVER seen. Just AMAZING!
Wow! It's amazing to see it in all its glory after reading individual blog posts! Absolutely stunning.
That's just AWESOME! Just to think about all those hours of stitching.. I really envy you a bit.. And I thank you for great job & sharing your work with us!
Keep it growing bigger!
Sharon this is inspirational. With a little bit of Poetic License I can see a map of NZ in the last photo here– the brown piece of embroidery!!
Such an awesome sampler Sharon! That's a lot of stitching for sure! What a treasure!
This "sampler" is amazing. I love it and what fabulous stitching.
Whew! A reprieve. While you're away I can practice some of these great stitches – I finally had some ideas of what to do with them on needlepoint for embellishment.