I decided on The Rainbow as my theme, each person will stitch one colour. As there are six of us I'll stitch two bands. I started with Green in the middle so the next person gets a choice of colour and so on.
I've chosen my bands from a sampler in a book by Brenda Keyes. It is based on a 17th Century design but I've totally changed the colours to fit my scheme. The first band is cross stitches in 3 shades of green. The next band is Rice Stitch with bottom stitch in green and the top in green metallic (703 which I used on Baby Swing!). The 3rd band is blackwork with some Algerian Eyes in a tweed of blue/green and dark green. Originally I'd planned in using a variegated thread but didn't have one I liked so tweeded instead. I actually prefer the tweeded effect alot of the time (and it's easier!).
I have also kept up my resolution to stitch every cover kit for the two magazines I get. This week was Cross Stitcher magazine's turn. As a member of EWBA (Enough With the Buttons Already!) I was not going to be fiddlefarting around with tiny little buttons covered in the hardest aida I have seen, it was like perforated paper! So I used the aida to stitch the flowers directly onto the felt shapes then pinned them to this lovely tote bag I won in a FB giveaway. I did use the buttons, I coloured in some scraps of fabric in tones which matched the bag then covered with tiny buttons with them and sewed them on the bag.