Bouquet Sampler

Sampler Aux Bouquets

Sampler Aux BouquetsI’m making good progress with my Bouquet Sampler, I just checked when I started it and was amazed to see it’s only about seven weeks ago, I really thought it would be a major project as its nearly 90cm long. Like most cross-stitch it’s pretty addictive…

The Bouquet Sampler, or Sampler Aux Bouquets to give it its proper name, was designed by Nathalie Cichon of Jardin Privee. It’s actually a set of three samplers which you can stitch as one. I’ve just about completed two and three now.

Sampler Aux BouquetsI love Nathalie’s designs, they’re traditional with a twist! A good example is the large vase of pink flowers, its very symmetrical and formal until you get to the bird sitting on the top flower and the butterflies flitting round it.

I also like the way she keeps designs simple, there’s no unnecessary back-stitch, she leaves areas unstitched rather than using ecru, such as the windows and door of the cottage and birds wings.

Sampler Aux BouquetsI do love the colours in this sampler, I had noticed though that the two browns were very similar, it had crossed my mind that I would have preferred slightly more tonal difference.  I ran out of the light brown when I was stitching the cottage and the replacement is a different batch and it’s just that little bit lighter, looks so much better! I always try to buy all the skeins at the beginning of a project to avoid any major change but I did find the quantities chart rather confusing on the website, I don’t think google translate excelled itself there!

Looking forward to stitching part one, there’s a rather nice alphabet and a very cute hare to do next.

Linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and Super Mom No Cape for Vintage Embroidery Monday. Why not have a look and see what everyone else is stitching.

Sampler Aux Bouquets

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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14 Responses to Bouquet Sampler

  1. Sarah says:

    I love this cross stitch design! And the colours are gorgeous.

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  2. Wow… you are stitching at light speed! The two tones of brown on the house does look good!

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  3. Carole says:

    So cute! I just love sampler designs.

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  4. Gail says:

    Lots of stitching! Looking good!!

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  5. Susan says:

    A very pretty piece!~will you frame and hang it? Or is it to be a table runner? That would be more like 7 YEARS work for me!

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  6. lundygirl says:

    This is beautiful. I used to do lots of cross stitch but my eyes don’t enjoy the detail in the evenings. I do a lot of crochet these days 🙂

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  7. CathieJ says:

    Wow, you are stitching that quickly. It really is gorgeous. I can understand why you want to continuously work on it.

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  8. amcclure2014 says:

    It’s going really well. Beautiful.

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