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Victoria Sampler has beautiful, delicate, and sometimes very intricate designs. She blends colors beautifully, and challenges you with a wonderful variety of hardanger, pulled thread embroidery, and lots of cut and drawn work, too. Always a touch of silk ribbon, always special silks and threads, her instructions and leaflets are beautifully done. Thea offers classes on-line for her designs... a great help if you're not sure you're on the right track with something! The details for "Cyber-classes" are right on the leaflets!

Oldfield Orchard Farm from The Victoria Sampler - click for more
Oldfield Orchard Farm
Victoria Sampler has a new farm scene sampler -- her sixth -- to companion Pumpkin Patch, Babe's Honey, Ravenhill, Strawberry Fields, and Jingle Bell Tree Farm. All the same 5 x 12 on 28ct size and basic design layout, just like the rest, this is full of its seasonal flavor. Oldfield Farm is an orchard complete with the roadside fruit stand at the bottom.

Multiple special stitches and really neat miniature design details, you'll be really good at Lazy Daisy stitches by the time you finish this piece! Coded for all sorts of silks, the accessory thread and bead pack is quite plump -- just like all the fruit trees and berry bushes at Oldfield Orchard Farm!

Love is Patient from The Victoria Sampler - click for more
Love is Patient
You might not have enough patience to stitch this entire sampler... but then again... you might!!! Absolutely lovely, this entire piece measures approx 4-1/2 x 20-1/2 inches on 28ct Natural Cashel Linen.

It is FULL of specialty stitches worked in silks and perle cottons... and features so many different 'areas'... that you could stitch just parts and sections, or the entire piece. Stitched in lots of white, with taupe accents and bits of rose hand-dyed, the embellishments include white and silver beads, some tear-drop and tiny round pearls, along with a silver metallic cord.

Make it as involved or simple as you want... every part of this is pretty! Make a Ring-Bearer pillow out of the initial block in the center... make a photo album cover out of the verse area... lots of possibilities. Offered as the leaflet with accs pack separate.

Winter Holiday Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Winter Holiday Sampler
Oh, The Victoria Sampler has a new Wintery/Christmas Sampler releasing this week that is just charming! Remember Jingle Bell Tree Farm, Santa's Village, Carol Singers, Heirloom Nativity and Christmas Village???? They all match, and any two or three of them would be really happy hanging together on your wall! Thea's Smokey Pearl 28ct fabric choice is a perfect backdrop for all the white lace snowflake bands dividing this medley of winter scenes.

Stitch those in your choice of the white silks offered in a separate accs pack -- or use DMC white perle cotton. Offered as a leaflet with separate accessory/silk pack, stitch just a part of this if you haven't got the time to do it all... some pillows would be fun! There are 28 special stitches in here, bead and metallic touches, lots of tiny design details, and LOADS of stitch texture (perle gives you more relief, silk is softer and lays flatter) and interest.

Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 21, this whole series of 'Winter-y Samplers' has always been customer favorites!

Gingerbread Church from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Gingerbread Church
A charming companion to VS's Gingerbread House... you can begin a stitched village of miniature fabric buildings! Joining our Gingerbread Stitching House comes the cathedral decked in white perle cottons against the Antique Almond 28ct Cashel Linen. The roof can be stitched on black or the almond... notice the color for the main piece is really only in the tiny stained glass windows.
Looking MUCH harder than it actually is to assemble... you CAN do this! I think the whole thing finishes approx 10 inches high by 9 inches long... I am adding up the piece dimensions in my head. A delightful addition to the House, the accessory pack includes all the silks, metallics, flosses, pearls, gold cross charm, and snowflake buttons. Charming!

Pumpkin Patch Farm from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Pumpkin Patch Farm
Here's a charming seasonal scene -- Thea's companion to Babe's Honey, Strawberry Fields, Ravenhill and Jingle Bells Farms!!! All seasonal farm samplers... Pumpkin Patch is jammed full of tiny design details (there are chickens in here that are only 4 stitches tall!), and awesome specialty stitches.
Stitched on 28ct Clay Cashel Linen in mouthwatering Autumn shades of Gloriana, Dinky Dyes, Mori and Needlepoint Inc silks, each of the four panels can be stitched by itself, or combined into the colorful 5 x 12-1/2 sampler. All of the coordinating Farm Scenes feature *busyness!* Small pics of the gardens and greenery, the gatherings and pic-nics, the special stitches are scattered everywhere to add texture and design interest.
A very fun seasonal decoration... that you just might leave out all year long! Offered as the leaflet with thread accessory pack separately.

Quilting Bee Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Quilting Bee Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Quilting Bee Sampler
Victoria Sampler has a new piece - a tribute to Quilters and Quilting Bees. The charming scene at the top -- the gathering of friends of work on their quilt -- and then the quilt in the center, what a pretty piece! Each square of that quilt (which *COULD* be stitched just by itself, you know!) features loads of specialty stitches and quite a collection of Whitework Embroidery.

Stitched on 28ct Natural Linen in 8 different brands and labels of silks, cottons and wools, this 7 x 16 piece uses 28 other stitches besides Cross! If you aren't going to finish the entire sampler, think about little ornaments and fobs from those tiny quilt squares! Pretty colors, lovely charts and diagrams... offered as the leaflet with silk/thread/bead accessory packs separate.

Santa's Village Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Santa's Village Sampler
It's a busy Christmas Eve Evening... Santa and The Mrs are checking their lists and the elves are getting reindeer ready for the upcoming flight, snow is falling, it promises to be a Big Night! Victoria Sampler has a new Christmas sampler that companions her Ravenhill Herb Farm, Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm, and Strawberry Fields Farm pieces -- this is Santa's Farm!! Offered in leaflet form with silk packs separately, the verse on this reads: 'It's Christmas Eve, such a magical night as Santa and reindeer prepare for their flight... His sleigh and huge sack filled with more than just toys... they hold love, peace, contentment and true Christmas joys.'

Stitched on 28ct Misty Blue Cashel Linen in lots of pretty silks and perle cottons, you'll see two lacy borders that each feature tiny red jade heart embellishments!!! Accessory Pack contains the colored silks and embellishments... there is a separate silk pack of JUST white silk for the snow... optional as you *might* have another white you can use... and chart does require 1 ball each of #8 and #12 white Perle for those lacy bands. As always, VS has stuffed this with cute, tiny detail, and LOTS of specialty stitches. Tons of texture, lots of charm! Finishes approx 7 x 15-1/2 inches.

Babe's Honey Farm Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Babe's Honey Farm Sampler
Victoria Sampler has a new farm scene that is companion tp Ravenhill Herb, Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm, Strawberry Fields. This delightfully busy garden of beeskeps complete with the roadside stand is as charming as needs to be, to keep all those bees buzzing! As always, cute motifs and pretty little scenes are scattered everywhere, and lots of specialty stitches give everything texture and interest.

The thread pack is stuffed full of a multitude of specialty threads -- silks, cottons, silk ribbons and tiny brass bee charms -- the pages and pages of diagrams and instructions tell you what to do with all of it! Thea lives near lots of neat farms... this whole series has been inspired by her neighboring farms, all through the seasons of the year! Stitched on 28ct Light Sand Cashel Linen it finishes approx 5 x 13. Offered as the leaflet with thread pack separately.

Mermaid's Song Stitcher's Pocket Set from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Mermaid's Song Stitcher's Pocket Set
Victoria Sampler has released an awesome set of stitching cases and a matching fob... all with a mermaid and ocean theme! Absolutely charming... the main Stitcher's Pocket measures approx 7 x 8, and is stitched on both sides. You'll notice the Hardanger flap on the front, and the tiny coastal village on the back. Bargello decorates the bottom, just like a scallop, and check out all the silk ribbon *kelp!* Garnished with lots of tiny shell charms, it's simply a stunning piece.

Next... there is a miniature needle *shell.* It's actually a scalloped square that folds open and closed... and features that same commanding Bargello stitch. Third, is the mermaid scissor case... she's on there, with more of that kelp! (at first I thought that was a eel!!!) Finally, the tiny lighthouse fob... just the cutest... it comes from that seaside village on the main bag.
Mermaid's Song Stitcher's Pocket Set from The Victoria Sampler - click for morePages and pages of charts, stitch diagrams, *wonderful* instructions as always, are included for ALL the assembly, as well. In fact, there are 3 solid pages of finishing steps that include 25 MORE photographs! I just love paging through the book!

Next, is the exquisite package of threads and embellishments, offered separately. Petite seeds beads in white and aqua, at least 5 or 6 charms in here (clam shell, mussel, sand dollar, star fish) metallics and silk perle, there is Gloriana hand-dyed silk ribbon for the kelp, and a TON of hand-dyed cottons, silks, perles -- I counted 25 different threads in here! Enough is included to stitch all the pieces. All is stitched on 28ct Amsterdam Blue Cashel Linen... you'll need an 11 x 38 Cut, and need to purchase that all at once, so everything matches. Just a lovely set of needlework pieces... what an heirloom! I envy everyone who lives near the water...hmmm.......!

Hands To Work Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Hands To Work Sampler
A pretty kitchen garden... just like one Thea found in Olde Sturbridge Village, MA... stroll through the garden beginning at the bottom with the beds of carrots, radishes and cabbages. (there was a little frog in the radishes!) Next... the onions, squash, potatoes, strawberry patch, ... cauliflower, peas, parsnips, and lettuces are in there -- all between rows of specialty stitches. Orchard trees in the backyard, charming farm houses... there is so much color and detail in here, it is so much fun to look at!

Stitched on 28ct Confederate Gray Cashel Linen, the accessory pack, once again, is full of all sorts of hand-dyed silks and cottons! Measuring *a petite 4 x 7& (how charming is that!?) I love the fabric strips and wall hanging finishing idea for this! Simply a lovely piece -- for anyone who has a kitchen!!! Offered as the leaflet, with separate accs pack.

T is for Teacher from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a more V is for Valentine from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a more
The Alphabet Sampler Series
The 24th and final sampler in the set of alphabet letters by The Victoria Sampler has arrived! Quite an imaginative set of designs... each celebrates a letter of the alphabet with stitches and motifs of that letter. Actually, quite a comprehensive 'dictionary' of small designs, borders, fonts, and specialty stitches... you could take favorites from a few and create your own tiny band samplers, sewing cases, or anything!

Absolutely charming... each is offered as a leaflet with accessory pack which includes multiple brands and colors of silks (Silk 'n Colors, Waterlilies, Gloriana, Needlepoint Inc, Soie Perle, Au ver a Soie, Silk Mori, #4 metallic braid, beads and #12 perle.) Stitched on 28ct Platinum Linen, each sampler will finish approx 3 x 13.

Each leaflet offers the same design suggestions for the entire set... you choose what you want to do with all of it. You may want to stitch just the first letter of your name, or do the entire alphabet... Very pretty colors, motifs and stitches... whatever your choices... this is a winner of a set!

Twelve Days Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for moreOne section of the Twelve Days Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Twelve Days Sampler
Stitch a lovely bell pull for an empty, skinny wall, or a set of ornaments to scatter on your tree. Victoria Sampler has taken the words from 12 Days of Christmas and tucked them all into a 3 x 28 inch sampler -- loaded with pretty stitches and color! I love hanging this sort of thing in that thin little wall space between two doorways, or beside a window, or in a funny little wall niche... it's a surprise for anyone who walks by!

12 Days is stitched on 28ct Natural Linen in deep, rich shades of silks (lots of hand-dyeds), cottons, metallics, and is embellished with beads, pearls and little gold spangles. Charted for both the long sampler and each ornament individually, along with all the fun stitch diagrams -- 4 pages worth! -- there are finishing instructions for everything as well.

These kind of designs always seem to stitch so quickly, because the rows are short (only 3 inches wide!) and with every bit of a new stitch or little figurine... your sampler grows and grows! Offered as the leaflet, with thread accessory pack and linen offered separately.

Carol Singer's Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more
Carol Singer's Sampler
What a pretty piece! Thea's secular version of her Heirloom Nativity piece, this has elements reminiscent of her Christmas Village sampler as well. Absolutely charming... you can stitch the entire 5 x 24 inch piece, or split up the sections, adding whichever parts of the verse you want.

We love Santa up there in the sky... you could stitch just him and that first village... with or without the snow below...but the entire piece is stunning! Offered as the leaflet, this is stitched on 28ct Smokey Pearl Cashel Linen, in LOADS of exquisite silks -- some overdyed, metallics, silk ribbons and bead embellishments.

Packed full of special stitches, there is so much texture and interest... even the chart itself is pretty and fun to look at! I just love the tiny street scenes and snowflakes scattered everywhere. Offered as the leaflet with two thread packs and linen separately.

Snowbabies #1 and #2 from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Snowbabies #1 and #2
What an endearing set of old-fashioned children playing in the snow! Cathy Jean has 4 grandchildren... so naming her Snowbabies was easy for her! Thomas and Emily are in #1, and Joey and Olina are on #2! Stitched on 32ct White, in soft denim blue, moss green and rose silks, what adds to the fun is the bit of Appleton brand Crewel wool, for the Turkey Work snowballs.

Just sweet little designs, each finishes approx 3 x 3. We're offering the charts with the threads, as you need that wool for the snowballs and the opalescent metallic for the flakes.

Gingerbread Stitching House from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Gingerbread Stitching House
Well, if this isn't the most charming sewing case!!! Victoria Sampler has designed a 4 x 4 x 5 actual little Gingerbread Cottage that is a pin cushion, Scissor fob, Needle and Scissor Keep (the roof!) and overall tiny storage box for anything small and precious!

Doubling as a mantle or tabletop decoration, it is stitched on 28ct Antique Almond Cashel Linen in lots of brilliant silks, and embellished with TONS of tiny bead and button 'candies!' White silk icing drips everywhere, too! You can see two stitchers at home inside the front windows, there is a tiny Hardanger window on the backside, and the snowman in the backyard is watching the miniature gingerbread birdhouse!!! A pin cushion snowball fits inside the chimney.

Juat a peek at the excellent finishing intructions in this bookBeautifully presented in a full color leaflet, the assembly instructions are artwork in themselves. 4 complete pages with 32 actual color pics of the step-by-step finishing process, they are *amazing* to read thru! Accessory packs include all the necessary silks, ribbons, beads and buttons -- but you will need 2 balls of Perle Cotton that are not included. I recommend a 1/4 yard piece of the linen... as there are at least 10 different small pieces to this, and you'll want a little lee-way with piece placement -- especially if you do the scissor case, mentioned below. Absolutely TOP NOTCH! A few special stitches scattered throughout, this piece is just over-the-top unique and endearing! A DEFINITE! The scissor tree case that is shown is featured in the 2009 Just Cross Stitch Magazine Annual Ornament Issue, so reserve one of those NOW if you haven't!

Heirloom Stitching Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more
Heirloom Stitching Sampler
Victoria Sampler has outdone herself with this charming sampler dedicated to our favorite people -- STITCHERS! A tribute to the love of needlework passed from Grandmother to Mother to Daughter, this includes three tiny stitching *scenes*, several verses, and over 38 specialty stitches!

Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 31 on 28ct Natural Cashel Linen, the silk thread pack is stunning... so many different hand-dyeds in it, bits of metallics and glass beads, the colors are rich and deep -- lots of creams, cranberries, denims and taupes. The Hardanger scattered throughout is lovely, the stitches and bands tucked between all the alphabets are so textured and varied... this just *BEGS* to be stitched!!! There are so many small parts you could pull out, and frame just by themselves... in case the whole sampler is too daunting for you.

It is just lovely... and of course, the leaflet is beautifully presented, stitch diagrams are large and clear -- the whole thing is just a delight to page through and *plannnnnn!* Offered as the leaflet with silks and embellishments separately.

Mystic Needlework Smalls from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see more Mystic Needlework Smalls
The Victoria Sampler brings us a really fun little set of 'fixtures' for our stitching 'Power Tools!!!' Mystic Needlework Smalls is a 6-piece set consisting of a Stitcher's Pocket, Scissor Fob, Scissor Case, Biscornu and 2 Needlebooks. All inspired by the nautical flavor of Mystic, CT... each piece features lighthouses or tall ships, and repeats motifs from each other. The Biscornu is worked in a beginner-level Hardanger Embroidery, and in reading the instructions, I find that it is made first, THEN the Hardanger top piece is *added on!*

Stitched on 28ct Confederate Gray Cashel Linen in an awesome array of exotic silks, ribbons and metallics, the main case folds to a 3 x 5 size, fob is a mere 1 x 1!... scissor case just 2-1/2 x 4, books are bigger at 3 x 5, and the Biscornu an impressive 5 x 5 before finishing! Cute seaside motifs all over, do one part of this, or the whole set! All are offered together in one leaflet, and the accessory pack allows enough thread to stitch EVERYTHING! As always, beautiful stitch diagrams and great instructions!

Desert Garden Sampler from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view Desert Garden Sampler
Another (actually the 13th!) in Victoria Sampler's set of different seasonal and geographic gardens... this design takes us to the desert, and all the special vegetation a loving gardener would care for and appreciate!

Stitched on 28ct Ice Blue Cashel Linen in silks, and a few overdyed flosses, the 2 x 8 band sampler is loaded 'with rich earthy ochre colors and the unexpected blooms of dozens of graceful drought resistant native plants.' There are little animals scattered throughout the garden, lots of desert flowers, and special stitches for them as well!

A MUST if you live near or in the desert... or if you vacation there! Offered as the leaflet with silks, flosses and bead embellishments.
Don't miss the other new designs, including this month's Alphabet Sampler, shown farther down this page.
Heirloom Nativity Sampler from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view
Heirloom Nativity Sampler
An intricate Christmas sampler... this features lacy Whitework and a bit of Hardanger all tucked between bands of the Angels on High, the Shepherds Watching their Sheep, the Three Wise Men, and Jesus in the Manger. The story of Christmas is told band by band, stitched in silks and metallics on 28ct Smokey Pearl Cashel Linen.

Finishing approx 5 x 23... study the bands a bit... there are so many small border designs in this... each of the special scenes could be stitched by itself for a neat little stand-up... connect it all horizontally... it fits! Victoria Sampler is delivering another exquisite piece.

The *huge* Accessory Thread Pack is a 'Who's-Who' of silks, metallics and embellishments! Lovely charts, diagrams and stitches, it promises to spark lots of Christmas memories!

Harbour Village from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see more Harbour Village
The Victoria Sampler has released three new leaflets of great designs... and I've chosen to tell you about Harbour Village! (P is for Princess is new, and so is a cool book centering on finishing bell about those two shown below. MAKE SURE to check them out!)

Back to the water... Harbour is a companion to the Christmas Village published last fall. It is a bustling, small-town-flavored double scene of river and water life! Fishing piers, canneries, tiny boats out for the day... the sky is a crisp blue. Bands of special stitches divide the piece, and surround the verse. Down below, there is a big summer bar-be-que, to complete the busy, busy village!

Offered as a leaflet, this includes lots of wonderful stitch diagrams and instructions, and the accessory pack STUFFED full of all the necessary silks, overdyeds, pearls and beads needed for your stitching. There is an optional package of black and white silk, as most of the rest of the piece is in silk... you may want this, too. Finishes approx 10 x 16 on 28ct Rue Green Cashel Linen. Very endearing!

Strawberry Fields Farm from Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view Strawberry Fields Farm
Victoria Sampler's third 'Farm Sampler' Strawberry joins Ravenhill Herb Farm and Jingle Bell Tree Farm. Stitched on 28ct Olive Green 28ct Cashel Linen, it finishes approx 5 x 13, and is stuffed full tiny details and special stitches. Thea writes about her first job -- picking strawberries! There is a farmhouse, the strawberry fields, the little picker... another shed for jam making and berry selling, and finally the Tea House at the bottom that advertises 'Tea and Strawberries.'

The included thread and accessory pack includes lots of Gloriana, Mori, and Needlepoint Inc silk, along with a smattering of petite seed beads... everything you need to stitch the piece. Lots of crisp greens, red and white... it's a charming piece!

Christmas Village from Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view Christmas Village
I heard the bells on Christmas Day begins the verse of this charming piece... a bustling Christmas Village scene, full of white lace and snowy winter flavor! By The Victoria Sampler, this is so, so pretty... it's stitched mainly in cross stitches... and features snowflakes stitched in all sorts of permutations of Star and Eyelet Stitches. (That's because no snowflake is exactly like another, you know!)

Stitched on 28ct Smokey Pearl Cashel Linen, the accessory pack features 22 different colors of silks, overdyed flosses, #4 metallic braid, and, more silks! The embellishments include seed beads, tiny pearls and star sequins, as well. Offered as the leaflet with accessory packs, colored silk/accessory packs and black and white silks have arrived, too. Your busy Christmas Village finishes approx 16 x 10, and most surely will become a treasured Holiday Heirloom.

Heirloom Wedding Treasures from The Victoria Sampler -- click for moreHeirloom Wedding Treasures
This is a set of pieces to coordinate with the previously published Heirloom Wedding Sampler. A trio of ringbearer's pillow, bridal purse and bridesmaid keepsakes... this is just a breathtaking set of pieces! Stitched on 28ct Platinum Linen, (the linen in the pic looks so much darker than that, but it really isn't), it's basically a study in white, opalescent and pearl. Lots of pretty Hardanger Embroidery, with great stitching instructions, the pillow finishes approx 15 inches square; the purse, approx 5 x 6; and the bookmark approx 2 x 7.

Offered as the leaflet with an accessory pack of metallic opalescent braid, silk ribbon, silk threads, mother-of-pearl heart beads, and tiny pearls... you will still need size 8 and 12 perle cotton, 10 spools of white Trebizond Silk and white Silk Perlee. Quite an undertaking... get the book and accessory pack first, then study which pieces you'll do, and then gather your needed additional threads!

Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm -- click to see the rest of new designs Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm
Wow... is this the coolest pattern!!! A frosty confection of snowy whites, icy blues and frosty greens, this is a cozy Christmas Tree farm scene loaded with stitch details and luscious silks (Glorianna, Waterlilies, Needlepoint Inc, and Mori), overdyeds and beads.

Finishing approx 5 x 13 on 28ct, the thread pack includes 21 different silks, 8 different bead colors and gold star charms. The featured stitches (lots of Ray, Herringbone, and Fern) add so much texture, especially to the pine trees. Delightful to look at, the chart just calls you to stitch it! The second in Thea's Small Farm Series, it's companion is the Ravenhill Herb Farm piece, shown below. Offered as the chart and thread package.

Ravenhill Herb Farm -- click to see the rest of new designs Ravenhill Herb Farm
A city/country sampler loaded with special stitches, this highlights the herb garden that grows both in the city and country! Offered as a leaflet with absolutely wonderful stitches and huge diagrams, the main piece (pictured) measures approx 13 x 5 on 28ct linen. There is a smaller version pictured on the back of the pattern that features the top house motif and the verse 'There's no place like home.'

Stitched in a multitude of overdyed Sampler Threads, Silk 'n Colors, Waterlilies, Silk Perlee, Mori and Needlepoint brand threads... the accessory pack contains all the necessary threads, and is a really good value -- considering the huge assortment of threads in it! A bit of Hardanger Embroidery, tons of other stitches adorn the herb garden with lots of texture and detail! Grow Herbs, Gather Love... and stitch the top, middle, or bottom of this colorful piece! Leaflet with thread pack.

Noah's Garden Sampler by Victoria Sampler
Noah's Garden Sampler
Stitched on either 28ct Summer Khaki or Olive Green Cashel Linen, it measures approx 2 x 8 inches in size. Stuffed full of deep silk colors, pairs of animals, special stitches, and charm, this is the fifth in VS's Garden series! Joining Rose Arbor, Cottage Garden Butterfly Garden and Woodland Garden, the leaflet is available with the complete thread pack of silks and Water lilies. As always, great instructions, and a really clear stitching guide photo of the finished piece.

Heirloom Christmas Sampler by The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view Heirloom Christmas Sampler
In three sentences or less... I was going to try to tell you how breathtaking beautiful this creation is! But it's indescribable!!! Stitched on 28ct Platinum Linen in your choice of a teal, blueberry and mauve color scheme, or cranberry and deep greens, this sampler finishes approx 5 x 23 inches. Available as the leaflet with your choice of thread colors and yummy bead and pearl embellishments, it features a fantastic selection of beautiful stitches.

The tree at the top is so elegant... and all the bands below are full of lacy stitches, Holiday greenery, and the verse "Sing the joy of Christmas, Of peace that never ends, share the love within your heart, With family and friends." The bulging accessory packs include all your necessary silks and overdyed flosses, metallic #4 Braid and the silk ribbons. The bead embellishments are tiny Mother-of-Pearl stars, Pearl disk beads and wonderful colors of Mill Hill and SJ glass seed beads. Excellent, clear instructions with enlarged photos, as well! Choose the pattern and one accessory pack for the piece. (unless you can't decide... then get both color packs!!!)

Heirloom Wedding Sampler -- click here to see a larger view Heirloom Wedding Sampler
This is absolutely gorgeous!!! If you don't know anyone who's getting married, stitch it anyway, and leave off the names and dates! Stitched in beautiful white silks, it also uses Trebizond -- a heavier weight silk thread -- opalescent metallic, white silk ribbon, perle cotton, a touch of taupe silk, and 2 sizes of pearls for embellishments.

Stitched on 28ct Platinum Cashel linen... the larger finishes 5 x 21", the smaller, 3 x 16". It's loaded with special stitches, and features some really pretty hardanger embroidery in the design. The book includes excellent instructions and diagrams, to stitch both a larger and smaller version of the design. You will need to purchase your fabric separately.


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