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.
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.