As I have said before I had fun experimenting on this particular area of my sampler I think I really just relaxed into it because it was a very long piece of linen. I explained on this page that my local branch of the Embroiderers guild has a recycle table and one week I
found scored a piece good even weave 25 cnt linen that was cut 8 inches wide and 10 feet long!
Band 707 is Cretan stitch worked closely together in hand dyed silk thread that is about the same thickness as perle #8.
The next band on the sampler was stitched as I watched the evening news I was at the time stunned but happy to see a female in the role.
Band 709 is arrow stitch (or arrowhead) worked row upon row. I worked a length of thread in one colour then when it ran out even if it was mid row I continued in another colour. Threads used are cotton and silk. Worked like this it can look a bit like knitting.
On Band 710 I returned to working Cretan stitch row upon row.
The next band, 711 is an example of chevron cretan. It is a half and half stitch, one side being chevron and the other side being cretan. I will share the instructions on how to do this soon.
I then experimented with pulling the stitches. The thread is wool so I did not pull too hard on arrow stitch (or arrowhead) and back stitch. Next I worked a line of Satin stitch in a hand dyed wool thread.
Band 713 is really a reflection on the story of this whole piece of fabric. ( If you do not know it the whole back story you will find it here). I think my comment speaks for itself…
This section of the sampler was worked between June and December of 2010. The sampler itself is only 6 inches wide but it is 96 feet 5 inches or 29.3878 meters long you can read about why it exists on the Sampler FAQ page
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