One of the themes of the retreat was community and what better way to celebrate community than with a friendship sampler!
My group of friends decided to do a round robin friendship sampler starting last fall. We passed our samplers every month. Each stitcher was responsible for stitching a band that was approximately 80 stitches wide and 20 stitches high. Our samplers made their way back to their original owners in June giving us each enough time to finish any additional stitching we needed to do and to get the piece framed.
It was great fun seeing all eight samplers at the retreat.
My friend Chris wanted a needlework themed sampler. She made suggestions as to what she wanted us each to stitch.
Cheryl wanted bands of flowers - we stitched her a garden!
Colleen's included a verse at the top. We stitched the bands underneath.
Love Mary Kay's. She started us off with a beautiful design from Ewe and Eye at the top.
Judy's reminds me of some of the historic samplers you see...Love the Whitework band in the middle.
Nancy's was one of my favorites. I really liked the color palette she selected.
Jane loves strawberries!
I can hardly believe this, but I forgot to take a photo of my sampler at retreat! While the lighting isn't that great in this photo....here it is. I love it. What a treasure this sampler is.
Needlework friends are truly the best!