Favoured Shades : A Mystery Sampler
hundreds of ladies throughout New Zealand participated in
“The Mystery Sampler” project -
that is, working a needlework sampler without knowing
what the finished piece of needlework would look like.
And this not knowing was the appeal.
Over a period of six months each participant
would receive a section of the sampler -
usually about five to six bands of different stitches.
All the ‘girls’ that met at my home
once a month were involved
with this project and loved it
- so much so that when
it was finished they missed
the excitement and enthusiasm
of seeing everyones progress
on their samplers
and so at the end of 2013
the decision was made
that in 2014
we would all participate
in another such project
using a sampler
I had originally designed
and stitched for myself in 2006
- the project beginning
on the 1st of April.
I stitched this piece in 2006
I never wrote any instructions
for working it
(as it was never intended
for anyone else)
and my working charts
were only roughly hand-drawn.
Definitely not suitable for others
to work from.
Thus, in January 2014
and over the following months
I had to begin writing instructions,
drawing stitch diagrams and
charting the design and to ‘check’
that everything I had written,
drawn and charted was correct,
I had to begin stitching
another piece for myself.
a different colour to my original
and chose a 35 count fabric
rather than a 28 count.
This sampler was also a little different
from most needlework designs in that no colours were given.
Instead, the needleworker had to choose their own colours -
secondly, seven tones of that favourite colour
from light through to dark.
to ensure that all the colours worked well together
and they were all to my liking.
when they are stitched
I was often “hard-pressed” to have the instructions written,
the chart finished and the stitch diagrams drawn
and the stitching of that segment of my sampler worked
before the release date of the first of each new month.
but at the time of the journey over seventy ladies
The complete instructions for this design
are now available for purchase -