The LSG’s First “Mystery Sampler”

The Loudoun Sampler Guild may be more than 15 years old, but that doesn’t mean we’re set in our ways.  In 2013, we’re embarking on something new – a mystery sampler.  Program chair Betsy Morgan was inspired by examples she saw on a trip to Great Britain last year, and she’s brought the idea home for us.

This is how it will work.  The mystery sampler is a band sampler, which we’ll be stitching from bottom to top.  There will be 11 bands plus an area of spot motifs at the top, featuring the specialty stitches we’ve been learning during our “Stitch of the Month” programs.  Each of the bands will be 100 stitches wide, and 50 or fewer stitches high; and the motif area twice as high.  So the maximum size will be 100 stitches by 650 stitches.

Betsy encourages everyone to be creative in their choice of fabric and threads, their use of specialty stitches, embellishments such as beads and charms, and other adaptations. Stitchers may even skip a band or two if they’d prefer to stitch a smaller piece.

She’s recruiting members to design the bands, and they’ll be revealed one-at-a-time each month at our meetings.  Betsy herself designed two options for the first band (remember, that’s the bottom-most band), one with a traditional house and one with a fanciful birdhouse.

As the year goes on, we hope to post photos of the samplers in progress, one band at a time.  Here is the cow I stitched, substituting for the horse Betsy

Charts were distributed to members at the January meeting.  Members, if you missed the January meeting, it’s not too late to get started.  We will have charts for bands one and two at the February meeting.

The Guild is considering turning the finished set of charts into a piece to sell to support our Grant Fund and other activities.  Therefore, we won’t be making the charts available on this blog, and we’re asking members not to copy their charts for non-members.


3 Responses to “The LSG’s First “Mystery Sampler””

  1. 1 Carolyn Lambert January 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Can members-at-large join in and stitch the sampler with the group…..ghosting?

    Carolyn Lambert

    Sent from my iPad

    • 2 loudounsamplerguild February 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I will check on this for you.

      • 3 loudounsamplerguild February 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        The Loudoun Sampler Guild offers Associate Memberships to stitchers who do not live in our immediate area (Northern Virginia/Maryland) and cannot attend our regular monthly meetings. Associate Members receive the newsletter, and will be able to join the mystery sampler project. Please contact our membership VP Lela Vandecar ( if you are interested. Thanks.

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