Friday, July 13, 2018

Red Sampler Band SAL Finish........(468)

I'm back with another finish...this week has been very low key and allowed me time to undertake some finishing. I like to know that I have long expanses of time to work on finishing; I'm not good at starting and stopping or squeezing in between other commitments. 

So the Red Sampler Band from iStitch Designs is completed. For those that may not know, this was a 28 week SAL on FB, that began this past January. We received a segment every Friday to our e-mail box from Carol, the designer. There was about 3-4 hours of stitching involved each week and I tried hard to keep up. We received a bonus chart at the end of the 28 weeks and that is the darker section at the bottom of my piece. This is my second SAL with Carol and I have immensely enjoyed both. I changed things up a bit by rearranging some sections, stitching some parts in a darker shade and adding the teapot/teacups band at the bottom. It's hard to get a good shot of the whole piece so I've broken it up into four photos. This was stitched on a 28 count banding, over one, with Glorianna Crimson and Cranberry.

I attached the banding to a vintage bobbin/spool, rolled it up, ran a red velvet ribbon through the center of the bobbin and tied it in a bow.


So now I'm ready and waiting for the Black Sampler Band SAL to start next Friday (I think). Here is what I've chosen this time:

 I'm going to work on the 28 count natural banding using Valdani floss, Chocolate Brownies and Terracotta Twist. As you can see, I am not doing black...that's the fun of this project, people choose different colors and/or banding, so everyone's is unique. I had these fibers in my stash and plenty to be sure I'll have enough. I trying to channel an 'autumn' feel in the midst of these hot summer days. I'm not too fond of Valdani floss and may resort to beeswax to help with them. Stay tuned to see how this goes!!!

Hope you have a nice weekend; I'm hooking up tomorrow with a new stitching group in the Richmond area that I heard about this week on FB. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. Your Red Band Sampler looks fabulous, Stasi. I love the thread colors you used. I am looking forward to the start of your next one. I like the thread colors you chose. I look forward to hearing about your new stitch group hookup. Have a good time!

  2. What an AWESOME finish Stasi!! Where do you buy your banding from? Love those new floss colors.

  3. Oh I really love how gorgeous your Sampler came out and the finish is fabulous. I have some of those vintage bobbins and would love to do something like that with your permission. RJ

  4. Enjoy your new stitching meetup! Congrats on the red band sampler finish, I really like how you finished it with your name and year on the last row. How long ago did you start it? I'm not a fan of Valdani either, sometimes the thread breaks off, is that your issue with it?

  5. IS there a wrbsite/facebook/whatever to join the black sampler band? Is this a paid sampler or a freebie? SOunds interesting.

    1. are a no-reply blogger so I can't e-mail you and hope you see this. There is a FB page called iStitch Designs and you can get info there. You do pay for it.

  6. I’m looking forward to the black band sampler too! Love your color choices!

  7. Wow wow wow! Love the red band SAL and your accents of the deeper red are perfect. How pretty it looks on the spool tied up with the bow. I like your colors for the next one - autumn is sounding really good right now.

  8. Congrats on your red band sampler finish. Looking forward to seeing progress on your black band sampler.