Sampler Aux Bouquets is complete!

Sampler Aux Bouquets This morning, having posted earlier about having too many things on the go, I picked up my Bouquet Sampler during my elevenses coffee break from housework. I realised just how near to finishing I was! I had about ten leaves and a last few inches of border to do. Domestic chores went out of the window…

I started this sampler at the beginning of September, expecting it to take quite a few months as it’s quite big (90cm long!) It was this sampler that first drew me to Natalie Cichon’s designs at Jardin Privee, I saw a photo of it on Hilda’s blog and fell for the rich colours. I stitched Nathalie’s bee pincushion and The Way to Happiness sampler first, before embarking on Sampler Aux Bouquets.

Sampler Aux Bouquets

It’s actually three samplers in one, so if you prefer, you can stitch the individual samplers as they are stand alone designs, there are a few adaptations which Natalie provides to make it into one long piece of embroidery.

Sampler Aux Bouquets

I think all samplers should include the initials of the maker and the year it was finished, both for posterity and also for your own records, I certainly couldn’t date some of the samplers I made 20 to 30 years ago otherwise. I was a bit disappointed to miss the instructions about embroidering your initials in a different shade on the last alphabet as I think that would have been a nice, subtle way of doing it. One of the suggestions made by a reader was to embroider it within the border above the alphabet, so thanks Susan for the suggestion, I think it’s worked brilliantly, it’s there but it doesn’t stand out.

So my Sampler Aux Bouquets is now complete, it’s so long and narrow that I am struggling to photograph it, so I’ve added three large photos at the end instead of my usual one! Just got to choose a frame and a mount now…

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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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44 Responses to Sampler Aux Bouquets is complete!

  1. Jennifer says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous. Lovely work!!!


  2. Ivani Vieira says:

    Wonderful !!! Congratulations for finishing this one. I am cross-stitching durind this slow sunday. Have a great week.


  3. Maia T. says:

    I’ve enjoyed watching this grow into a finished project. It’s lovely!


  4. daneesey says:

    It’s stunning — your handwork is just beautiful! Congrats on the finish!! 🙂


  5. Jill says:

    Your sampler is beautiful. I think you did a fine job photographing it. I love the colors chosen and your workmanship is wonderful. I agree about needlework having initials and a date. Good choice on tossing those domestic chores out the window!


  6. I cannot believe you only started this in September. You are so speedy! I have been watching your progress for weeks on Slow Sunday Stitching and you inspired me to get a new cross stitch project all prepped. I only need to pick up 8 colors of floss as I had the rest in my stash. I can’t wait to see what you work on next!


  7. amcclure2014 says:

    Your piece is fabulous. Congratulations on getting it finished – and so quickly too.


  8. Gail says:

    It has been fun watching from the sidelines as you stitched this sampler! It. Looks fabulous!


  9. lapaylor says:

    what a major finish! Did the angels sing? LeeAnna at not afraid of color


  10. Absolutely stunning!


  11. CathieJ says:

    Simply beautiful!


  12. Thimberlina says:

    Wow! I’m in awe 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Sheryl says:

    A lot of pretty stitching on a beautiful design. It will look fantastic framed, hope you will show a photo when hanging.


  14. mycraftworks says:

    It’s a gorgeous sampler.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Your sampler is fabulous, such lovely bright colours! And you stitched it so fast!
    I love seeing initialling and dating on stitching. It’s always nice to know in what era an item was made!
    Gorgeous – well done!

    Barbara xx


  16. Laura says:

    Congratulations on the finish! It’s a beautiful sampler, and I love the colors too.


  17. Cath says:

    oh, it is beautiful….you have to be so happy with the result!


  18. I have loved seeing this Sampler as it progressed. It’s gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party!


  19. Oh my, that is just GORGEOUS! Well done!


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