Sunday, May 2, 2010


Can you believe it? I just put in the last stitches on Celia's Birth Sampler today. I think the whole piece took a little over a week to finish!

It is stitched on white 28 count linen with mostly DMC threads except for the writing which is an overdyed cotton floss from Catherine Jordan of VA. I bought several "pallets" as she calls them at an EGA Seminar a couple of years ago.

The writing is from a web site (sorry, don't remember which) where you type in what you want to say, and it charts it for you in whatever font you choose. The figures are from the Better Homes and Garderns 2001 Cross Stitch Designs. This volume is a "cannot be without" when I need small patterns to create unique designs, especially for kids' birth samplers. I also used it for Celia's brother, Nate. I stitched the girls pretty much as they were designed, but I did change the hair on the cheerleader to the browns (like the other girls) and made her sweater letter into a "C" for her parents' alma mater.

Now I think I will get back to working on "Xena", and will also look to start a simple (one color) design - don't know which one yet - as I expect to be called away from home very shortly when my dil gives birth to her fifth child -- I get to play "soccer mom" for the older kids.

That's it for today -- behave yourselves and be careful.



curiosities808 said...

That is terrific! What a great piece for a special person.
alicia in Hawaii

lenna said...
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lenna said...

What a great piece! I like your blog and visit as often as I can. Come and see mine at
Have fun when you go see your DIL when she has her baby. My daughter just found out she is expecting her 4th. Unfortunately, she lives in Cape Town, S. A. I don't know when I will get to see the baby.
God Bless ~