The first is for the Round Robin I'm in on the WWRR Yuku Board. This is Sophia's RR, she has sent it round the world once in 2008 and now it's travelling again. The theme is the great Teresa Wentzler and I was very excited to be stitching on this piece as I love TW's designs.
I chose a floral band from The English Cottage Sampler partly because there is one other UK stitcher on this piece and she chose from The English Garden Sampler and I thought they made a nice pair. It is a more freeform band than some of the others but happily fitted into the 80 squares wide allowed in this sampler. I stitched it exactly as the pattern except for the top 4 rows which I mirrored the bottom four for symmetry. I also changed the edge leaves to single stitches where they would have gone over the edge.
This is my band with the previous one:
I had to frog the parts of the beige background crosses at least twice as they kept jumping one square over. Then the palest leaves (504) didn't look much different to the 503 so I looked at the thread in a better light and realised I had two skeins of 504 and one is lighter than the other. So I frogged them and redid them in the new skein. This is the woman who never frogs but recharts instead!
This is a little piece I mailed off to Rachael to help raise money for the Cats Protection League. Hopefully it will be added to a quilt or cushion. The design is by Tralala from SoCreaStitch and I stitched it in DMC 4215 a lovely variegated blue/lilac and pink.