New Designs from Samplers Not Forgotten
1726 Garden Pinkeep Kit & Ann Wright's 1726 Pinkeep Drum Kit
I guess 1726 was a busy year for pretty pin keeps! Kimberly Nugent has a pair of kits that include lovely linens and really pretty printed finishing fabrics!
Ann Wright 1726
Here is the main sampler that provided the small design featured on the 1726 Drum... shown here as both the new model and the original sampler. Stitched on 40ct linen, this measures an impressive 9 x 21 inches when finished.
Charted for silks, if you have the matching drum pattern, you can convert to those hand-dyed cottons used. Stitches include Saw Tooth, Satins, Eyelets and Bargello over 4. Absolutely stunning, this is just rows and rows of florals and trees, with a flock of angels at the bottom!
*Use what talents you possess the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except for those that sang the very best.* Good life advice, this measures 16 x 8-1/2 on 40ct linen. Coded for silks or hand-dyed of Steamed Broccoli, Meredith's Pink, Seagull, Chickpea, Cocoa, Sandcastle, Hibiscus and Sage LOTS of solid areas for easy stitching!
You could always add Satins in the grass and give the houses bricks... shingles on the roof or panes in the windows... or even furry little rabbits! Presented as a chart.
With Needle & Thread Needle Book
Samplers Not Forgotten has a pretty needle book to companion her larger With Needle and Thread Sampler! Choose the same fabric you stitch the main sampler on if you want -- 36ct Weeks Tin Roof Linen. It finishes approx 8 x 9, so when folded in half it'll measure approx 4 x 4.
Picture on the left is the inside of the case, two right pics are the front and back panels. Coded for Weeks flosses of Grits, Honeysuckle, Cappuccino, Charcoal, Jay bird, Bullfrog and Curry, the colors are soft and dusty -- it looks old and charming! Chart format.
Garden Urn Pinkeep
Kim Nugent released such a charming pin cushion at Market last week... it is her limited edition... and it is just lovely. Presented as a kit, she chose 36ct Vintage Pear Lakeside Linen, paired it with an antique-flavored calico backing fabric, and soft hand-dyed Sampler Threads of Old Brick, Pecan Pie, Endive, Brethren Blue, Briar Rose, Heirloom Gold and Mustard Seed.
The stitched area is 3-1/2 x 4... the finished cushion about 4 x 5-1/2. You get the linen, backing fabric, threads, along with a red felt heart to decorate the back, and the trio of mother-pf-pearl buttons garnishing the front. Super soft and pretty colors, this is very nice.
Laundry Room -- Wash * Dry * Fold -- Repeat
Something cute to decorate the walls of your laundry room -- if you have a nice one! (mine is behind my furnace in the basement... so all I'll enjoy is a stitched model in the shop!) Samplers Not Forgotten has released this charming design -- all yummy, faded colors of Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- that finishes approx 11 x 11 on 36ct.
Stitched with Harvest Basket, Barn Grey, Butternut Squash, Liberty, Dungarees, Baby Spinach, Chalk, Picnic Basket, Onyx and Garden Gate, the dusty grays and denims are perfect with the soft yellows of the flowers. Did you notice that the border is made of wooden clothespins? And... this is a much more FUN way to use the stray buttons that come off in the wash, instead of sewing them back on where they came from!
Fourth of July Picnic
Here's a fun piece -- it sports a lot of different little borders and a flower urn that features buttons or stitched flowers -- or both! Just 130 x 100 -- approx 7 x 6 on 36/18ct, this is worked with Sampler Threads of Onyx, Picket Fence, Wheat Fields, Endive, Freedom, dungarees, Cranberry, Linen, heirloom gold and Picnic Basket.
I like the borders and those buttons -- there is a house in the background -- maybe your fabric choice will let that show up a little better. Cute as a door-stop block!!!
With Needle and Thread
What a CHARMING sampler design by Samplers Not Forgotten! My Soul is fed with Needle and Thread. I love everything about this piece!!!!! Presented as a chart, it is for anyone who loves to stitch! Worked on 36ct, it'll finish approx 11-1/2 x 8-1/2. Stitched with Sampler Threads and Classic Colorworks of Lexington Green, Roasted Marshmallow, Garden Gate, Endive, Wheat Fields, Brown Hen, Deep Fennel and Eggshell, the border is different all the way around.
Pretty white flowers, the scissors adorn the right edge while the spools of thread adorn the opposite. Your initials are on here nice and big -- because you are important! The flower urn is pretty just by itself, but so is the little yellow house with the band sampler below! Can you see the special stitches between the rows? There is a thimble on there... and the bottom band is a tape measure!!!!! Then, for a special touch -- choose some pretty antique buttons to embellish here and there... just so pretty!
One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care! Finishing just 8 x 6-1/2 -ish on 36ct... you can stitch this in regular cross stitches... or execute it using Kimberly's stitch suggestions. 10 Pretty shades of Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- Oatmeal, Tarnished Gold, Wheat Fields, Endive, Mountain Mist, Lexington Green, Tin Bucket, Summer Meadow, Red Plum and Sugarplum, the border is Sawtooth.
There is one bee over one thread... and the hive is 40-ish rows of crosses mixed with stitches. The flowers above the hive are Woven Spider Stitches -- but no diagrams provided in here for those!!! Presented as a chart.
Christmas In My Heart
Oh, the Scrooge Promise!!! Finishes approx 11 x 10 on 36ct -- gorgeous colors of Barn Gray, Cranberry, Grecian Gold, Onyx, Pecan Pie, Piney Woods, Eggshell and Honeycomb.
You could add some special stitches to those trees for a little patterned texture if you wanted...
A quiet, house... what I really like on here is that gorgeous floral vine border. It winds all over the piece and is different all the way around. There are several white flowers in it that you cannot see on the cover pic.
The entire piece finished approx 11 x 10 on 36ct, colors used are: Blackbird, Burnt Orange, Dark Chocolate, Barn Gray, Onyx, Honeycomb, Eggshell and Endive.
This was gorgeous in person at the recent trade show! Look at the tree branches -- they from a heart! Finishing a charming 7-1/2 inches square on 36ct, you can't see the bits of lavender flowers tucked into the grass, and it's easy to miss the pink blossoms in the tree.
This needs to be done SMALL... it is charming!
By this work You may see My parents love to me. Generous in size, this finishes approx 15 inches square on 40ct. I'm not sure of the meanings of the motifs in here... or why the verse says what it says... but it does have that charming yard down at the bottom, and it's very colorful! Offered as a chart, it's interesting!
O Christmas Tree
Oh.. the English words to "O Christmas Tree" are the verse for this!!! A twiggy little border, and that awesome special stitch and verse area, this would be a pretty decoration to bring out every year to display on a table easel.
Finishing approx 10 x 11 on 36ct, it calls for only Gentle Art's Forest Glade, Onyx, Garden Gate, Picnic Basket, Picket Fence and Cranberry flosses. SNF has several other recent new releases, too!
This is a charming piece by Samplers Not Forgotten, stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Onyx, Oatmeal, Picnic Basket, Brandy, Buckeye Scarlet, Endive, Piney Woods, Cottage Blue and Toasted Barley.
On 40ct, it'll finish approx 10 x 7, and features teeny Padded Satins on the birds in the border, and more along the bottom in the green grass. The wild vines and swirly roses are delghtful! A fun little piece offered as a chart.
Even is something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn. What a fun verse for a fun sampler! The trailing ivy border along the edge, acorns and golden flowers, I especially like the crow perched atop the pumpkin! The neat area of special stitches is kind of cool, too.
Stitched on 32ct, this finishes approx 11 x 12 in size, and is worked with Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Pecan Pie, Garden Gate, Flax, Moss, Autumn Leaves, Brick Path, Gold Leaf and Onyx.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.
Companion to the Autumn Sampler, another area of special stitches in here, this one finishes approx 11 x 11 and is worked with GAST of Sable, Lavender Potpourri, Avocado, Grape Leaf, Burnt Orange, Daffodil, Tarnished Gold, Garden Gate, Barn Grey, Jasmine, and Toasted Barley.
Music Amongst the Trees
This is a very simple piece -- but WOW -- the verse reads: There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.
That same neat area of special stitches in a tiny band sampler in here and that half border of saw-tooth satins... this finishes approx 9 x 9 on 36ct and calls for denim blues, cream and soft brown colors.
Sarah Ann Kiddy 1860
Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.
Worked in browns, greens, antique pink and some honey bronze... this finishes approx 6 x 10 on 45ct... or 8-1/2 x 14 on a 32ct. No special stitches, just a simple reproduction, traditional design with a humbling message!
Mary Ann Robey 1810
A reproduction... the verse is very unique! Few to good breeding make just a pretense, Good breeding is the blossom of good sense, the last result of an accomplished mind, with outward grace the body's virtue joined.
Measuring approx 11 x 16 on 35ct linen, I really like all the pots of flowers in here, and the dividing borders and signature area at the bottom. I'm not sure if The Cross Stitch Police would be offended if I stitched that without the words!!!!!!
Elizabeth Lamb 1837
What a statement Sampler this is! HUGE on visual impact... with a stitch count of 316 x 341, the design elements and colors in this are bold and organized! Sometimes the verses on old samplers are hard to read because the spelling and punctuation are strange... here goes with this one! On the alone my Hope relies Beneath thy cross I fall thou art my life my sacrifice My Savior and My All don.
I think this would also make a gorgeous family tree piece! This will finish approx 22 inches square on 30ct, and is coded for either silks or DMC. Very striking in design with rich color.
This is a gorgeous little piece... a heavy cross-stitched border surrounding a floral basket -- all in special stitches. The basket/urn is stitched over two threads, and then AGAIN on top of that over 4 threads! The entire floral part is really a line drawing that you use as a guide to fill in the greens and flowers with straight stitches!
Only 4 colors in this, you could choose some hand-dyed to give it even more depth if you like. VERY unusual, the overall stitch count is 105 x 138.
Just a bitty wisp of a thing, this measures only 30 x 35 stitches... and uses just 5 colors.
I think the red ribbon edging really sets it off beautifully! Offered as a chart.
Black Cat Sampler
This is a pretty piece -- the dainty border with all the alphabets and more border motifs at the top... I love, love all the motifs in the bottom half. Can you find the Strawberry Pincushion chart above in here???
Pretty urns and florals... why is that black cat so prominent??? Stitch count of 368 x 347 -- very pretty balance in this one.
Maria Simoncini 1806
Super tailored, even, precise and quiet... this is a lovely piece in person. The soft greens, taupe and whites are so relaxing, it just has a peaceful tone.
Stitch count of 324 x 396 -- so approx 20 inches square when finished.
Mary Ann Crumley 1829
This is a lovely piece that actually deals with the death of a young boy. The verse talks about him leaving so soon with weeping friends behind... not having tasted the bitter cup of woe... quite a verse!
If you like the general design of this, you could always change those words to something a little more pertinent to your family -- it's up to you, it'll be YOUR sampler! a very old and traditional feel to this one, mostly golds, greens and cream. Stitch count is 244 x 330.
Isabill Robb 1803
Such a pretty sampler that our image doesn't come close to doing it justice. This has a stitch count of 447 x 481 -- so on 36ct, for instance, it'll finish approx 25 x 27 -- awesomely huge!
LOTS of delicate design detail in here... great floral borders, some over-one work, lots of elegant floral motifs. Charted for DMC or silk, there are only 11 colors used. Really nice balance, this is offered as a chart.
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