I started this sampler last year, so I can’t remember the thread count of the linen I used, and it took me a week to track down the brown variegated floss I used(it was hiding under a pile of quilt scraps,) but finish it I did!
I learned the first time around when I had a sampler professional framed that my budget does not allow for me to pay to have all my stitchies framed, I would rather spend that money on quilting. So I have started to just frame them myself.
I needed to go pick up my sewing machine from the shop today. It went in for a cleaning a week or so ago. So on my way I stopped at hobby lobby and grabbed a frame and an 8 x 10 stitchery mounting board. You can find those in the floss section of craft stores. Now I am sure all serious cross stitchers would never use these as I am sure they are not archival, but for my little stitches they work just fine.
$12.00 later as opposed to the 100 or something for the professional framed sampler, I have a sweet old looking sampler to add to my collection!
I used a pattern that I made up in a free cross stitching program. I say “made up” but I really just took elements I liked from an antique sampler book I checked out of the library and just put them all together. It’s fun to use you should try it! Here’s the link.
I love how sweet and homey it looks when you hang samplers in mismatched frames together, like this one from Words and Blooms blog.
And the BEST part of my day so far? Guy (that’s his name) at the sewing machine shop didn’t charge me a thing when I picked up my machine! He said it was completely clean, so he didn’t do a thing but lubricate it. WHAT???? I asked him, are you SURE that’s my machine?? I sew on that fella 5 hours a day or more, and I haven’t had it cleaned in over a year. I guess I must be doing a good job of brushing it out.
Hope you only get good news today too!