Friday, 9 March 2012

Needlework Days - My cross stitch sampler

I spotted a post this week by Feisty Tapas about her love of cross stitch. She has started a new link up for people to share their needlework projects, and I thought that I would join in this month as I'm very proud of mine. I started doing cross stitch when I was quite young - certainly pre-teen - although I've picked it up and put it down again over the years. That's the good thing about cross stitch, you can pick it up no matter where or how long ago you left it off. I posted recently about my current work in progress that I expect to last me a good few years yet, so now I'm going to show off the sampler that I completed a few years ago.

Cross stitch sampler DMC

It was made from a DMC kit, but I sold the original pattern and I can't find it to purchase online, so it looks as though it is no longer available. It's a shame, as I think that it's a lovely sampler. It's a traditional sampler, the text reads "East or West, home is best" and it features a house, which I always like.

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  1. I love it Jennifer! Thank you for linking it up and for the mention (and so relieved to see that the button worked!).

    I do hold on to the kits that I have completed, above all the ones that use DMC or Anchor threads and specify thread numbers, so that I can buy them again if ever I want to stitch them again because, once they are discontinued, that's it and some of the ones I love seem to be such small batches. I buy lots in Spain. But, above all, because I always end up gifting everything I embroider and I hardly have anything to flaunt at home as a result!

    Did you frame it yourself? I'm a bit rubbish at "finalising" my projects.

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    1. Thank you! I decided that if something happened to the original cross stitch I would rather stitch a new design than re-do an old one! I have to keep away from cross stitch websites and shops because I always see lots that I want to do, and it takes me such a long time to get one finished (we're talking years). I also enjoy the process more than displaying lots of finished pieces! I only have the one that I'm working on at the moment and I won't buy a new one until it's nearly finished, I know that it's a hobby where it could be very easy to build up a big stash.

      My Mum framed it for me :) I can frame little ones myself, but not big ones like this.

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  2. been looking about...can't comment on everything but seen lots I like!

    Thanks for sharing.

    N x

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  3. Gorgeous sampler! I too am a very slow stitcher. But I enjoy it and that's the main thing :-)

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    1. Thank you! It is the enjoyment of the stitching sometimes rather than the finishing isn't it? Although I do see lots of designs that I'd like to stitch when I've done my current one.

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  4. I've been meaning to put some cross-stitch on my blog, but just don't seem to get the time for everything I'd like to blog about. I too started in my pre-teens at cross-stitching, and have done quite a lot over the years. Currently working on a DMC bag with cherry tree design, but it's taking ages. Totally agree that you can put it down and come back to it easily even quite a while later. You've inspired me to carry on and try and finish it soon :) Thank you!

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    1. Glad I've inspired you! I've been inspired too since I saw the post by Feisty Tapas, I've been working a lot on my current project lately.

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    2. Do come join us at Needlework Days soon Ruth, it will be running monthly so you can just join in whenever you want, and you have the whole month to add your link too! We can be the Blog & Stitch crew ;)

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  5. I found you via Feisty Tapas and thought I'd shuffle over and say hello. I'm taking part in this too, and am looking forward to meeting fellow stitchers!

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    1. Hello! I love your stitching projects too, I'll be following your blog to see the rest of your work!

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