With TAST 2012 around the corner some people are considering working a long band sampler. Most questions have revolved around what fabric I use and how I chose the width. I have a Sampler FAQ that answers most question.
To be honest I have used all sort so fabrics because the same stitch will look different when worked on different fabric.
Section 36 of the For Love of Stitching Band Sampler was worked in January 2009 and is an ideal example of how many fabrics I use. I had a pile of hand dyed and hand printed fabrics that I wanted to use so I patchworked them together in one long piece then set about treating the section as a contemporary piece of embroidery.
I pieced together 25 cnt linen, cotton flanelette, Aida, hardanger fabric, table cloth linen and tea towel linen. All the pieces have been hand dyed by me using procion dyes.
They were scraps and left overs from other projects and I felt I was not wasting anything by experimenting on them.
Did I like the various fabric choices?
Once I got used to changing fabric count the stitching it was fun. The big advantage is that different fabrics allowed for different needlework techniques so there was always something new to try on another area. This is not to be underestimated. In this section of the sampler I did not take advantage enough of this aspect but I am becoming better at spotting a creative opportunity.
The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 24.8 yards or 22.75 metres long and I have more bands to add.
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.
Do you want to browse previous articles in the series? You can find them easily in the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.