Sunday, January 8, 2012
Sampler Club Band Sampler
My sampler is being stitched on 28 count Cashel Light Mocha (Nordon Crafts). The top two band's are two rows of alternating Algerian eyelet's stitched with Gentle Art aged pewter.
My daughter picked the alphabet rows 3-6 from Blackbird Designs "A Stitcher's Journey p.27 stitched with Valdani Primitive blue. This was a bear to get centered up and I had to do quite a bit of frogging until I got it the way I wanted it.
Row's 7&8 are two more rows of Algerian eyelet's the same as the top two rows.
Row 9 are whales from Blackbird Designs "A Stitcher's Journey" page 16, stitched with Finnegan's fog Thread Gatherer Silk'N Colors. The whales have an irredescent white spray coming out of the top of their heads.
Row 10 is two rows of single cross stitch with a diamond design between them that will eventually have beads in between the diamonds. Stitched with Valdani faded olive and DMC perle cotton 8 color 644.
Row 11 was one of the most aggravating rows to stitch, not sure what this stitch is, I used a gorgeous green varigated silk that had no tag so I don't know what it is. They look like sea grass. But this silk didn't want to co-operate with me, I either pulled too tight or not enough, I used a Q-snap and I tried in the hand stitching it and nothing seemed to work out. It was also really hard to anchor this thread on the back. I haven't decided if this is going to have to be re-done or not, we will see.
Row 12 is one of my favorite verses "He maketh the storm a calm so that the waves thereof are still PS.107:29" not sure what thread I used here. Originally used Valdani faded olive but it didn't show up so I ripped it out and used the thread that was used for the words on the light house.
Row 13 is Hardanger, Kloster blocks with algerian eyelets inside them with doves eyes in the middle of each motif and the ends are ships motif's which I thought went well with my nautical stormy sampler.
Row 14 is a design by D.Morgan called "Through The Storm" that I found in a 1998 edition of For The Love Of Cross Stitch.
This sampler is a little over half-way done, the half way point is in the middle of the light house design. I have some ideas for what I want to do but I'm not completely certain yet. I know I am going to do some drawn thread embroidery next. I will post a picture of my doodle cloth so you can see where I have been practicing the drawn thread embroidery, not sure I am comfortable enough yet though to actually do it on my sampler, EEEEK!