Sunday, 11 March 2007

Jenny's First Band

Just renewing one of our lost pics back to our new blog. This is the first band that I worked on my own sampler. It is one of my own designs and it is the first time I have done one of the filling stitches. It also gave me a chance to practice my doves eyes that I learnt last year and made me realize that I need to practice my picots. The threads are also some of my own hand dyed ones.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Misa's Band

To continue the saga of our International Sampler Band Round Robin - here is Misa's band in which she used #5 perle cotton red, white and blues. She included long-arm cross-stitch in her design. My design is just a simple cross-stitch using three strands DMC overdyed floss in a red/blue/purple burst of color. Misa's journal mentioned one of her favorite colors is purple but my purples did not go favorably with her color scheme. I had been wanting to try some of the overdyed floss .... so, as you can see, the color I chose makes Misa's design glow and that is what I intended. On my own sampler I used four DMC colors in my design which worked out quite well. Here in the overdyed coloration I think the design takes on the look of ante bellum ironwork. The band is now winging its way to the next stitcher.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Counted Thread Band Round Robin - Christine's band

8 stitchers from around the world are participating in a Counted Thread Band Round Robin which was started as part of a now-defunct group, and here we plan to share the experience with those folk who were following us on that group and others who may be interested.

Here is my band with 2 rows of stitching completed, my own and Jenny B's. My multicoloured band is Wessex Stitchery, a style developed by a Mrs Foster in Bath, U.K. in the late 1800's. I'm a great fan of traditional, antique and vintage styles of needlework. New Zealander Gay Eaton published a lovely book titled "Wessex Stitchery" in 2001 and the patterns are adapted from that book. I choose my favourite colours at the moment, purple of course, and some colours to go with that which just pleased my eye. The fabric is 25 count Lugana evenweave linen, and my threads are stranded DMC cottons.

Jenny's band is withdrawn thread work using a perle thread which she had in her stash, although at the time she did comment that she felt it needed some orange but didn't have anything suitable to hand. I heartily agree, and hopefully someone else during the rotation will choose to add it somewhere.