Birthday Sampler

Cross-stitch SamplerI was absolutely thrilled last night when Helen gave me my birthday present, she has secretly designed and made a cross-stitch sampler all about me!

She has stitched me in a nurses uniform, my interests are represented with a sewing machine and dressmakers dummy, a watering can for gardening, the WI symbol, the Yorkshire rose and butterflies for my love of nature. Our two dogs and two of the chickens are pictured, Helen has also included the names of all our children (two each!), our wedding date and my birthday. It’s a wonderful record of this moment in time, it’s brilliant!

She borrowed my Jo Verso ‘Picture it in Cross-stitch book to help her design it, had a few secret discussions with my OH and a panic last weekend apparently when she realised it was only a week away…she took it to Artworks to get it framed on Friday and pleaded with them to have it ready for Saturday!! I love it!

Cross-stitch SamplerThis is the third sampler she has done, the first one was when she was 8 years old, she’s a bit embarrassed by it now (being a cool 17 year old!) due to wonky lettering etc, but I think that’s all part of family treasures.

Cross-stitch SamplerWhen my OH reached his 50th birthday, she wanted to make him a sampler, so I helped her design one that included the main places he has lived, he was overwhelmed when he received it and he treasures it dearly.

I am so pleased with my sampler, I shall have to find a special place to display it.

I’m proud to share it with Kathy for Slow-Stitching Sunday and Super Mom – No Cape for Vintage Embroidery Monday

Cross-stitch Sampler



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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12 Responses to Birthday Sampler

  1. What a lovely gift. Very nice!

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  2. That is so sweet! What a wonderful way to show her love. Just beautiful!!

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  3. What a very special gift! There is a lot of love in this sampler!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  4. val reynolds says:

    Yes, how very special and what a treasure! I’m sure you are going to enjoy it for a very long time!

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  5. Gail says:

    What a thoughtful gift, full of love!

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  6. CathieJ says:

    Happy Birthday.What a lovely and thoughtful gift.

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  7. Cathy L says:

    What an awesome gift. Who wouldn’t be jealous!

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  8. Suzanne says:

    Thoughtful and beautifully created gift!

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  9. Natalie says:

    This is beautiful 🙂 What a thoughtful gift!

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  10. Christine B. says:

    What a fabulous gift and one that I know will be treasured for always! Thank you for sharing it with us! Christine x

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  11. So much thought and time went into designing this. She did a wonderful job!

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party and for linking back. Aloha hugs!


  12. craftycreeky says:

    Thanks, I was really touched with my present


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