Celebration Samplers

meet and greetOver on Sew We Sew, Madam Samm is hosting a Meet and Greet for us to show our three favourite items we have made, for me it has to be three celebration samplers;

Birth SamplerI like making things to celebrate an event, particularly births and weddings. The first birth sampler I made was for my niece, it was a cross-stitch of the Beatrix Potter frontispiece with the details in the middle, very pretty and sweet. By the time I came to stitching one for my friends children, I decided I would prefer to make a sampler that would still appeal when they grew up, I started looking at designs where I could take a band or two out to insert the birth details. The other advantage of this was that I could include whatever details I wanted, such as the christening date. You can see the two samplers here.

Birth SamplerWhen James was born in 1995 it took me some time to find a design that I thought would appeal to a male, there’s so many flowery ones out there! I finally found a design which I think was printed by DMC, it was illuminated calligraphy from a book at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It was perfect, the original design had a second alphabet underneath, I simply substituted in his details instead. It’s a beautiful sampler, the leaves are in gold thread, there are tiny red beads in the border, I love it and more importantly my 20 year old son still likes it! It took quite a while to stitch, the gold thread was not easy to use, the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed he was 7 years old before it was completed!

Birth Sampler

Birth SamplerHelen was born 2 years later, I knew exactly which design I wanted to use! A few years before I was given a book called Home Sweet Home by The Vanessa Ann Collection, inside was a really pretty sampler. I had stitched it before for a friends wedding. It’s in lovely shades of blue and purple, with lots of Mill Hill glass beads to add extra detail. I decided to include the whole design this time, just make it longer by adding Helen’s birth and christening information. If I was stitching it again, I would probably leave out the lower alphabet as I think the proportions would be better, but I still think it’s beautiful.

Birth Sampler

Family SamplerEight years ago this week Ken and I got married, it was very much a handmade wedding. We had a wonderful day and afterwards I wanted to make a sampler to celebrate the joining of our two families. I had often admired the family word art pictures you get on sites such as Not on the High Street, so I decided to work out a cross-stitch one! I included things we like to do, where everyone was born, birthdays, wedding details. I interspersed it with phrases and words that are important within our family. I wrote out each phrase on graph-paper, cut them up and sat and played with the shapes until I had a design that worked.

Having chosen three shades of grey floss to embroider the words, I decided to use red for the word ‘love’ every time it was used, it just lifted the design. It hangs above our fireplace in the lounge where we have a red feature wall, it looks great!

Family Sampler

What do you make to celebrate a special event?


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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24 Responses to Celebration Samplers

  1. mdmsamm says:

    I so celebrate not just spring this day but your samplers…your choices are all so unique and beautifully displayed…


  2. Your stitching is beautiful! What great pieces to celebrate special times in your life!


  3. Anita says:

    Fantastic stitching! I love the pieces!


  4. Mary W says:

    Your stitching is so pretty. I love the stitching about your family, beautiful.


  5. The birth samplers are amazing — so personal and so much detail. Lovely blog too.


  6. Jane says:

    Wow, they are great! Wish I could do that. I am not good at embroder work. I do try though. What I make for special occasions. …I guess it would depend on the occasion.


  7. sewingbutterfly says:

    Such lovely samplers!


  8. Cathie J says:

    I have also made cross-stitch projects to celebrate births, weddings, anniversaries and graduations. Recently I have been designing my own when I can’t find exactly what I want. Your samplers are beautiful.


  9. Baa, xxx says:

    Wow! Your cross stitch is amazing- love all the projects you have shown on this blog post, especially the sampler you designed when you married.- very clever and a gorgeous memento.


  10. maria demina says:

    I love your samplers! And the way you design them…not in the computer programm, but by hands, with cutting and playing the shapes is brilliant!


  11. Marion K says:

    Beautiful samplers !!
    I love the black and red one!
    Greetings from Germany


  12. Hilda says:

    Hi Margret,
    sorry I am late for my visit at your “Meet & Greet” post in by the virtue of internet-line problems at home (at some blogs, my cellphone internet did not work well). Nevertheless I enjoy it today to see your wonderful samplers. As I am a sampler lover I really admire your works. Especially the wedding sampler you designed is amazing.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comment!

    Have a nice first week of Spring.


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