Historically, samplers were a demonstration or a test of skill in needlework. Girls raised in a genteel fashion were expected to develop skills in the needle arts. A sampler would be composed of alphabets, motifs, verses and decorative borders done in a variety of stitches. The name of the person who worked it as well as the date were often included.
Modern samplers come in a variety of designs and is a style preferred by many stitchers. I am very interested in samplers. However, I have only worked one during my long term cross stitch addiction.
Today I am displaying the one sampler that I completed. It is a piece that is one of my all time favorites done for myself, but it is no longer displayed in my home.
My previous home had a country theme. Geese were a common motif at one time in country homes. I really loved the way this piece turned out. Unfortunately, the theme was rather trendy and it did not stand the test of time.
I have a number of different sampler patterns that may be among the next projects I do. On the other hand, I always have a complete array of potential projects so I just don’t know which one will earn my attention next.
I am not sure what I will do with this piece. I would like to display it if I could find the right place. I may end up removing it from the frame and using the frame and mat for another piece. I have never run into this issue before because generally things I have worked stand the test of time. They are traditional and continue to fit into any decor. This is a lesson for me: when selecting a design consider whether it will a bear the test of time. There is a lot of effort and time put into each project that you want to make sure it will be appreciated for the long term.
The design itself was a free chart that came in a promotional advertisement from some cross stitch company, probably a magazine. I still have the chart which has “© 1987, Cross Creek” printed on it. It was worked in 14 count Aida using 2 strands of DMC floss. Stitch count is 130 high by 112 wide. It was custom framed.
I am off to spend time stitching my current project. Hopefully I will soon be able to report on its completion.