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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

An Invitation - Ellenor Wykcs a 17th century band sampler



I have fallen in love with band samplers after seeing Tommye, Nupur, Barbara H & G, Bhooma and Kate stitching theirs.

I have been apprehensive about some of the speciality stitches they require but I realise that with the knowledge we have in the group their is always someone who is able to help.

Would you like to stitch a band sampler?

Ellenor Wykcs is a great one to start with (no trellis or detached buttonhole) - enlarge this photo and see just how beautiful she is.  The stitches used are cross, double running, counted satin and Montenegrin cross. For me I worry about turning in curves not corners on Monetenegrin but I have decided to put my big girl's blouse on with my Proper Stitch page (23 to 29 bookmarked) to hand and stitch this stunning sampler.

Kate and Krista are stitching with me and we would like to invite you to join us. 

Ellenor is stitched on 35 ct and measures 7.5" x 29" and will be a great addition to your sampler wall.

I will post close up photos of each section as I stitch them. 

Will you join us?

11 comments:

Lanie said...

Oh my ... she is gorgeous! I will not be joining you on this one, but ... I will be your head cheerleader from the sidelines!
Good luck, girls ... enjoy your time with this beautiful sampler. I know I will enjoy your progress photos and comments along the way ... GO TEAM 'ELLENOR'!

Ellen said...

Good luck, Nicola. I know you'll do just fine and before long we'll be seeing another beautiful finish from you.

If you want help with the montnenegrin stitch, you might want to get Amy Mitten's book "The Autopsy of the Montenegrin Stitch". Amy shows you how to execute the stitch going in a zillion different directions.

MarchAnn said...

Nicola, is it stitched over one or over two?? I really love this sampler.

Joanne O'H said...

What a wonderful idea, Nicola. I will definitely be joining you but will have to settle for stitching a long way behind the rest of you as I have already committed to a SAL and several classes this year. But it will be such fun anyway. I am already looking forward to it.

Nicola said...

Just ordered Amy Mitten's book on the Montenegrin Stitch. Just had to add a few more SL samplers into the basket :o))

Nupur said...

Nicola,
Good to see that you are hooked on band samplers... it is a great way to learn new stitches and also see how designs were developed through the times...
There are some great books out, and with the abundance of blogs, great info readily available to expand our horizons - hope you liked the links I sent you for the Spiral stitch. I am glad that you liked my other two favorite SL samplers - Rachel Jarrat and Ellenor Wyckes...it would be fun to join in but I have to get back to some of the 'other' needlework projects I had planned...

Lydia Stevenson said...

I am working on Dorcas Haynes sampler in silks. There is a large band of Montenengrin stitch that has upward and downward diagonal turns. The Proper Stitch didn't help with that! The compositions are complicated. What I do have now is a book called Autopsy of the Montenegrin Stitch - Exhumed by amy Mitten Designs whose design name is Fibers to Dye For. This is an indispensable book showing every which way to make the Montenengrin Stitch turn.

http://www.amymitten.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=12_49

Terri said...

You temptress, you! :-)

Debbie Bauer said...

It is a beautiful band sampler and sounds like a lot of fun but I don't feel confident enough yet to join in! However I am ordering The autopsy of the Montenegrin Stitch for future reference.

Elizabeth said...

I would love to join in but I am not ready to do something like this. One day...

carolm said...

Decided to join 'you all' in the Ellenor Wycks sampler since I already have the pattern and in looking at the alphabet I see the dividing bands appear to be the double back form
of long armed cross stitch so proper stitch will come in handy there. Remember that this was stitched in the 1600 so more than likely the alpha... was probably done in reversible stitch. Both Darlene and Marsha charted Dorcas Haynes and there are many differences... I liker them both...