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Twisted Band Sampler has been my most popular design, and I have had no end of requests to do another one like it. When I saw the lovely colours that Eileen from Thread Pickerz had dyed for her own Twisted Band Sampler, my brain started working overtime and this was the result. This version is cross stitch only, no specialty stitches.
Floss used in the model is from Thread Pickerz silks and the Rainbow floss packs are available from the website: http://www.threadpickerz.co.uk/
Fabric used in the model is from Weeks Dye Works and is available from your favourite needlework shop.
Stitch Count: 144w x 288h
Design Size: 7 ¼ x 14 ½ inches on 40 count fabric
8 x 16 inches on 36 count fabric
9 x18 inches on 32 count fabric
10 ¼ x 20 ½ inches on 28 count fabric
Fabric used for the model is 32ct Linen in Onyx from Weeks Dye Works. I used a hand dyed 32ct as that is what I had used for Twisted Band Sampler and I wanted the sizes to match up. Alternatively, you could also use Black Belfast Linen.
Thread Pickerz #1 Red or Dinky Dyes #131 Desert Pea or DMC 321 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #2 Coral or Dinky Dyes #117 Jindalee or DMC 350 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #3 Orange or Dinky Dyes #28 Outback or DMC 721 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #4 Bright Orange or Dinky Dyes #49 Tropic Sunshine or DMC 741 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #5 Yellow Orange or Dinky Dyes #165 Lemon Myrtle or DMC 972 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #6 Bright Yellow or Dinky Dyes #172 Wattle or DMC 973 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #7 Yellow Green or Dinky Dyes #121 Bickley Valley DMC 907 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #8 Bright Green or Dinky Dyes #109 Peridot or DMC 702 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #9 Green or Dinky Dyes #108 Binda or DMC 911 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #10 Blue Green or Dinky Dyes #234 Bermuda or DMC 3812 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #11 Turquoise or Dinky Dyes #107 Turquoise or DMC 3844 c 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #12 Blue or Dinky Dyes #134 Shark Bay or DMC 798 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #13 Periwinkle Blue or Dinky Dyes #110 Violet or DMC 3838 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #14 Blue Purple or Dinky Dyes #157 Claremont or DMC 3746 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #15 Purple or Dinky Dyes #90 Orchid or DMC 208 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #16 Red Purple or Dinky Dyes #56 Hardenbergia or DMC 917 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #17 Magenta or Dinky Dyes #169 Brambelberry or DMC 3804 x 1 skein
Thread Pickerz #18 Fuchsia or Dinky Dyes #235 Wild Strawberry or DMC 601 x 1 skein
This is not an exact conversion, some colours are close, some not so close. Rather than matching colour to colour I went for what would result in a smooth transition in each brand of floss.
Floss estimates are for 32 count fabric using one strand of thread for stitching over two. I found the coverage to be more than adequate with one strand for the cross stitch, but you may prefer to use two. If you use 2 strands on 32ct, you should have enough floss to complete the project with one skein of each colour. The colours from Thread Pickerz are packaged in the order you will use them to stitch. Pack 1 includes numbers 1-9, pack 2 contains numbers 10-18 (both are included in the Rainbow pack).
The design uses the same number of colours and the same symbols as the original Twisted Band Sampler to make it easy for those who want to use the same colours for both designs.