This sampler is for a stunning cross stitch embroidery sampler. The layout of this prize winning Sampler 'Once Upon a Band' (first prize in the Traditional Sampler Adaptation category in 1999 at the 36th Annual Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn Plantation, Virginia, USA) was inspired by an 18th century Spanish Sampler. The larger size of the Spanish Sampler gives ample space to display a variety of band patterns.
Each of the nine sections could be a sampler on its own or sections could be combined to create a Band Sampler. The two central sections are stitched largely in counted satin stitch with the soft shading providing a gentle contrast to the multi-shaded cross stitch bands. Detailed instructions are given for the two filet embroidery panels. Alternative, simpler, counted satin stitch designs are given for these areas should you prefer to use them.
Superbly clear stitch diagrams and instructions throughout will help you discover the satisfaction of making your own masterpiece.
This copy is in as new condition save for two stickers on the first page that signify it's a sample copy with a photo error on page 44. It has photocopied pages of corrections included.