I started my project earlier this week, not sure if I will finish it in time, but the center is done now!
My love of stitching, especially cross stitch, started with my love of old samplers. I’ve always been a history fan and my mother took me to living history museums since I was very young. My dad was a breeder of a several old breeds of chickens so he supplied several museums with chickens of the historically correct breeds for that time period, and he’d often get free tickets. What I loved to see most of all in those museums were the textile arts. The samplers, the lace, the clothing. Very often they were just a small part of the exhibition, maybe displayed on a wall somewhere, but I was fascinated. My local library had an old book on old Dutch sampler motifs and I checked that book out dozens of times.
Samplers are the thing I love. And this heart pattern is particularly appropriate. I’ve had this pattern for years, it’s from a DMC series. I’ve stitched two samplers from this series already. All in all I think this is my 5th or 6th classic sampler. On top of that I’ve also stitched several modern or primitive-style samplers. My very first one was a linen on linen sampler I worked on when I was around 17 and it’s also one of the first projects I remember posting on Deadster. I don’t think many people were interested in oldfashioned samplers back then (2007-ish?) so I don’t think I posted all of my samplers.
You know what the worst part is? None of them are framed. A sampler deserves a proper frame. And I’ve never really come across any frames that are appropriate for my samplers, I think I want custom frames. I’ve never gotten around to having them framed but that’s on my to-do list for this year.