Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A new big project: 2018 Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL.


As with most big projects, time to plan and prepare is important so I'm starting this with lots of time to get ready for a year's worth of weekly pattern sections. The patterns will create one large band sampler designed using weavers draft patterns found on the Antique Pattern Library site which I transferred into a cross stitch pattern.

Basic information: 

What: 
  • This is a band sampler of animals and flowers chosen from the patterns of a weavers draft manual found on the Antique Pattern Library.
  • The pattern is 143 stitches and 502 stitches long.
  • The pattern is whole cross stitch only - no backstitching or speciality stitches!
  • There are 11 bands in total which range between 12 and 90 stitches high with a small 3 stitch border between each.
  • There will be 48 weekly patterns.
  • The border will be given separately so you can get started with that before the patterns start.
  • I will show a picture of each band once we get to it so you can plan ahead a bit with colour if you choose.
  • The pattern is given in a single colour, not because you have to stitch it that way but to make it easier for you to plan the placement of your own colours if you wish. 
 Where: 
  • All patterns are posted here on my blog.
  • There is a FaceBook group to share progress and talk about the project here.
When:
  • I will give the border pattern in the middle of November.
  • Patterns will be given every Wednesday.
  • I will start on the 3rd of January 2018 - you will be finished before Christmas!
Fabric:
  • I have rounded up the numbers working from the actual size of the stitching to make sure you have enough fabric. 
  • Fabric amounts are given based on stitching over one bunch of Aida or over 2 threads of evenweave. 
  • If you decide to stitch over one you will of course need less fabric. 
  • I have given 3 inches / 7.62 cm of fabric on each side for framing. 
  • If you wish to calculate the fabric for yourself based on your plans then this is a helpful tool. 
Size in inches:
  • For 14ct Aida/28ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 10.21 inches x 35.86 inches.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 17 inches x 42 inches. Zweigart Aida is 43 inches wide which would be perfect for the job.
  • For 16ct Aida/32ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 8.94 inches x 31.38 inches.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 15 inches x 38 inches.
  • For 18ct Aida/36ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 7.94 x 27.89 inches.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 14 inches x 34 inches.
  • For 20ct Aida/40ct evenweave.
    • The pattern is 7.15 x 25.10 inches.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 14 inches x 32 inches.
Size in cm:
  • For 14ct Aida/28ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 25.93 cm x 91.08 cm.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 44 cm x 107 cm. Zweigart Aida is 110 cm wide which would be perfect for the job.
  • For 16ct Aida/32ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 22.71 cm x 79.71 cm.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 39 cm x 97 cm.
  • For 18ct Aida/36ct evenweave:
    • The pattern is 20.16 cm x 70.84 cm.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 36 cm x 87 cm.
  • For 20ct Aida/40ct evenweave.
    • The pattern is 18.16 cm x 63.75 cm.
    • It requires a strip of fabric that is 34 cm x 82 cm.
Floss:
  • Floss is calculated based on using 2 strands over 1 (or two for evenweave). 
  • Skein amount is given for DMC floss which has 6 strands and 8 metres long - if you use another brand you may need more skeins.
  • If you decide to stitch with one strand of floss over one fabric thread you will of course need less thread. If you need help calculating this please do ask!
  • This pattern is perfect for variegated threads!
  • Floss use:
    • For 14ct/28ct you will need a total of 15 skeins of floss.
    • For 16ct/32ct you will need a total of 13 skeins of floss.
    • For 18ct/36ct you will need a total of 11 skeins of floss.
    • For 20ct/40ct you will need a total of 10 skeins of floss.
I am excited to share this pattern with you and hope to see many of you in the FB group as well as here! If you have any questions please do ask! Either here or in the FB group works and I'll answer asap!

22 comments:

  1. I'm really excited for this. I might not be able to stitch along (you know how much I have going on already...) but I will be following and cheering!

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    1. I'm thrilled to hear you are so excited :D Having someone to cheer along will be fun too :D

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  2. I am excited too! Now to find fabric!

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  3. I am excited for this sampler. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    1. I am excited to share it! Thanks for joining in :D

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  4. This sounds wonderful - Would love to give it a shot!

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    1. I'm glad you like what you have been able to see so far :D I'd love it if you joined in :D

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  5. Sound like a wonderful project - Want to give it a try.....

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  6. thanks for this wonderful project. I am still deciding on my colours.

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    1. You are welcome! When you do decide I'd love to know what you chose :D

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  7. looking forward to this one with all the lovely animals, Ruby

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    1. I'm glad you are looking forwards to this too! I hope you enjoy stitching it!

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  8. Looking forward to seeing how this SAL comes together <3 I love these mystery projects :)

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    1. Awesome! I'm so glad you like this type of project :D

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  9. Finally! I found a SAL that I really do want to participate in. I just found you today thru a post on Facebook in the Stitch Maynia group. I just found you today, so will have to do some catching up with the border, but I am really looking forward to starting the pattern next week. Thank you!

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    1. Oh yay! I'm so glad you like this SAL! If you can get the top edge and 10 stitches down on each side before next Wednesday you will be ready for the first part and then anything you can do after that will be working ahead of things.

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  10. Do you do this Sal every year? Very interested to do in 2019. I love samplers and this looks like fun. Thanks for doing this.
    Lee totzke

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    1. Hiya,

      This is the first time I have done a big project like this as a SAL, normally I do small monthly patterns for my SAL's. I have not yet decided what I will do next year.

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