If stitching a full size traditional sampler seems too daunting, try stitching these 12 tiny wreaths instead. These adorable and charming little samplers fit the seasons and each month of the year and look fabulous as a grouping consisting of all twelve or stitch one at a time as birthday gifts, cards, bookmarks or in small frames for that special friend.
Stitch count 161w X 116h. Finished size on 14-ct fabric 11-1/2" X 8-1/2". Model stitched on 14 Count White Aida Fabric.
Cross stitch pattern from Heartstring Samplery! Stitch count 200w x 200h.
I heard the bells
on Christmas day
their old familiar
wild and sweet
the words repeat
peace on Earth
good will to men
Note from the designer:
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a carol based on the 1863 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of his despair upon hearing Christmas bells during the American Civil War, when "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on Earth, good will to men", but concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men. I can't think of a more appropriate wish back then, and still today.
I wanted to create a sampler that would be a worthy of this beautiful song, so I made an intricate and playful border bedecked in sparkling bells, with some of the lyrics highlighted within. I chose to stitch my model with the most gorgeous silk I could find, and added some extra shine with metallic thread for the bells. I hope that this sampler keeps you humming and smiling all season long.
Model stitched on 36 ct. Vintage Light Examplar using Gloriana Silk thread. Stitch count is 200 x 200.
Model stitched two over two on 32 Ct. Brash Linen from Picture This Plus using DMC floss and Gentle Art Sampler Threads (or all DMC 647, 814, 902, 937, 3371, 3831, 829, 3031/86, white, 612). Stitch Count: 98W x 147H. Design Size: 7" x 10"
Stitched on 28 Ct. Smokey Pearl Cashel or Putty Cashel Linen using DMC #8 & #12 Perle Cotton, Kreinik Mori, Gloriana Silks, Gentle Arts threads, Au Ver a Soie, Kreinik #4 braid, Needlepoint Inc Silks, Caron Waterlilies, SJ designs beads, Mill Hill beads & Sequins. Stitch Count: 179H x 72W. Design Size: 13" x 5"
"Home for the holidays." Model stitched on 20 Ct. Putty using Gentle Arts, Weeks Dye Works, Thread Gatherer & Classic Colorworks. Stitch Count: 50x72. Design Size: 3" x 4". Button set by Just Another Button Co (8091)
Model stitched two over two on 32 Ct. Water Lily Linen using Classic Colorworks (or DMC floss 420, 0331, 309, white, 3363, 434). Specialty Stitch Used: French Knot. Stitch Count: 103W x 103H. Design Size: 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Model stitched one over two on 40 Ct. Salt Rock from Colour & Cotton using Needlepoint Inc. Silk (or DMC floss 501, 502, 500, 833, 832, 830, 3813, 677, 422, 869, 301, 712, 3781). Stitch Count: 232W x 239H. Design Size: 11 1/2" x 11 7/8".
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend." Model stitched over 2 threads on 32 Ct. Country French Cafe Mocha linen with Weeks Dye Works floss. Stitch Count: 137W x 236H. Finished size: 8.5" x 14 3/4".