I just loved them, couldn't get enough of them!! These are only a few that I've done, most were given away and others I just can't find my pictures. You'll see this phase was 10 years ago, so it's been awhile since I've worked on one. Not sure why I stopped......I wish that as I tracked my different completed projects that I would have taken a picture and dated my spreadsheet. I know what I've completed, but can't tell you when I finished them. Some of these have dates on them, some don't, maybe when I'm home this summer I'll write down the dates on the x-stitches that still hang in our house.
I started doing band samplers as I way to learn new stitches and to work with silk threads. I remember telling my Mom that I thought I'd taken x-stitching as far as it would go and needed a new hobby, but then I discovered a whole new world.
I started doing band samplers when I lived in Ft. Smith Arkansas. Our shop didn't carry them as a rule - if it wasn't Leisure Arts, it wasn't in her shop :( but the shop in Tulsa (Silver Needle) had lots and lots and lots of them, so I was able to pick up a few.
Of course I just looked at them for a long time, then I finally I took a class at the LNS, the shop owner got charts and supplies and the EGA lady agreed to do a class. So myself and a fellow stitcher Becky learned the art of band samplers. I remember one band I did I was having so much fun doing the stitch I did a little bit more than I should have, but figured no one would know if I never told.
After my first venture I found Just Nan and loved her colors and her designs. I have several of her designs in my stash, and I've done several and given them away. I kept these three because I liked them.
After Just Nan I found Indigo Rose and again fell in love with her designs and have more in my stash to do, one that I know I will do is the Jester for my son.
And then one day I found Shepard's Bush and while I only have one pictures here, I've completed and given away several of them.
My last band sampler is from Victorian Samplers, which introduced me to hardanger and ribbon embroidery. I have only finished Silk Wisteria, but hope to do the other 3 that goes with this series, I have the charts and material, just need to find the time.
I really enjoyed doing band samplers and not sure why I stopped, other than most likely started counted canvases and painted canvases where I could experiment with different fibers. But as i look at these I really want to start another one or two.
I liked being able to work on one band in an evening and them put it away. I liked working with different stitches and I LOVE working with silk threads. So maybe I'm talking myself into starting one soon, very soon :) Now I'll need to pick which one, I'm thinking a SB......but who knows I need to go through my stash and see what I have....more to come I'm sure.