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« on: April 08, 2004 10:56:49 AM »

I want to make a traditional, antique-looking sampler for my grandparents for Xmas (yes, I plan far ahead because I'm very slooow at crafty stuff).

All the charts/kits I have found have either been expensive (the whole idea of making my own presents is to save a bit of money!) or not really what I wanted.

I have got a couple of books with alphabets, etc, in them.. does anyone have sources for more alphabets, traditional motifs / sampler sayings etc?

I am going to look through some books of quotes & sayings for a special one but any suggestions are welcome!

Book recommendations, good patterns etc all very welcome! (im in the UK if that helps!)

Thank you Smiley (and ill post piccys when im done!)

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2004 08:46:38 PM »

This site here:

has a lot of simple little images that you might be able to incorporate.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2004 09:33:15 AM »

great site Smiley
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2004 07:40:55 PM »

I too have been playing with the sampler idea and not finding what I'm looking for.  In the day, samplers were an individual sewer's encyclopedia of stitches, stitch patterns, and counted motif charts.  Often, each line was what is now called a "band".  And, guess what, band patterns are just starting to come in vouge. 

There are beginning to be new booklets etc.. for bands.  You can also find them as portions of patterns for Christmas stockings, samplers, quilts, bookmarks, towels, borders, etc...  If I remember correctly, band samplers made an appearance sometime in the '80's also. 

I've concluded that I will probably end up assembling a series of bands for a sampler sometime after the holidays.  But, if you really want to be authentic, you'll have bands of different stitches, say a block or repeting pattern motif, across half or so of the sampler with the stitch name embroidered beside it.     
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2004 09:32:56 PM »

in the end I found a kit that was pretty much what I was looking for - and I don't think I could have got the fabric & threads for the price, let alone the hours desigining it!

http://www.scottishneedlework.co.uk/newshop/traditional_samplers.htm it's the top one

I have replaced the 2 birds and theheart are roughly in the centre with my name, the year, and two hearts Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2005 11:15:11 AM »

I think the idea of a sampler is to really test out your skills and practice your stitches while making something personal yet presentable...  I'm working on one right now, and since I love this quote so much, I'll lend it out:

"We are too rich in love to be poor".

As soon as I'm done, I'll post the pic.  A great way to get the lettering down is to go on an illustrator program, type the quote in your favorite font, reverse the image, print, use your transfer pencil and iron it on as a guide.

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