Well, I’m on the final stretch of my Sampler Aux Bouquets from Jardin Privee, I quite like the stage when you can stitch a colour and know that’s the last stitch in that particular shade, it’s like ticking the boxes as you near the end! This last bit does seem to be taking a while though, it’s a bit like walking, whether you’re doing 6 miles or 16 miles, it’s the last mile that hurts!!
Since I last posted about my sampler I’ve stitched all the little hearts and fluttering butterflies around the red alphabet. I was rather disappointed with one set of instructions I failed to spot in time; ‘Dans l’alphabet broder vos initials en rose clair’, suggesting you embroider your initials in the lighter shade of pink. It was in little letters to the left of the chart, I was stitching from the right and the colour chart was at the bottom, so I just didn’t see it! As my initials are MHC it would have worked out to be nicely in alignment. I did contemplate unpicking my initials for quite a while as I think it’s a nice touch, but I’ve decided to find somewhere else to add my initials and the year. Maybe I’ll stitch it in little letters either side of the urn, or perhaps at the end under the bottom border. I think all samplers should have initials and date on, if only for your own benefit, I’ve a sampler I made in 1988, I couldn’t have dated it now if I hadn’t stitched it in the design.
I’ve just got three more flowers, lots of leaves and a bit of the red border to stitch now and then it’s complete! It should definitely be on the wall, framed, by Christmas. It’s getting more and more difficult to photograph now as it is so long, over 80cm, not helped by the poor light in November here in Yorkshire!