Some of the first samplers that I attempted were either stamped on linen fabric like the one above or were needlepoint. The two designs below were hand painted needlepoint canvas by Susan Treglown. I thought they were fantastic at the time! The entire sampler is stitched using continental and basketweave stitches. I thought I was really fancy when I use perle cotton for the colors and wool for the background.
This Christmas sampler I stitched through Illini Needlers ANG. Still love it.
This sampler was a class taught in 1984 by the late Chottie Alderson of California. It was done on 24 count needlepoint canvas called congress cloth. Each of the strawberries surrounding Adam and Eve was made using a different stitch.
This is another 1984 Chottie Alderson sampler on congress cloth. Each block on the border is a different stitch and each motif area in the center is a different technique. I used to get a lot of stitching done in those days and I learned a lot.
I thought these were terrific samplers until I got involved with reproductions. Now they too reside in my closet with the avocado angel!
As to reading— I just finished the latest Danielle Steele book, Big Girl. It was not the greatest but an afternoon's diversion. It focused on a girl with bad self-esteem and her journey to find love and happiness with someone who loved her whether or not she was fat or thin. I've read better. Just started the John Grisham short stories.
Be back tomorrow with more samplers, etc.