I ♥ samplers…sampler quilts, samplers of new foods that the product demonstrators allow you to taste in the supermarkets. Oh wait! Those are samples…and I ♥ them too.
But I absolutely ♥ x-stitch samplers!
It has always been a dream of mine to have my very own antique x-stitch sampler but the ones I’ve seen are way too rich for my budget. A long time ago I came to the realization that if I’m ever going to own a sampler, I’d have to make it myself. Easier said than done since I don’t know the first thing about x-stitching.
In my travel teaching days, I ventured into a needleshop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio back in 2003 where I picked up two Prairie Schooler Santa x-stitch patterns. I also bought all the supplies I needed…floss, fabric and needles. Somewhere in my travels, I picked up a third pattern in the series.It goes without saying that I never did get around to stitching them.
A few weeks ago, after blog hopping and seeing some incredible x-stitching projects, I decided to unearth my supplies and take the plunge. I read as much as I could find on line about the basics and dove in.I’m pleased with my progress thus far but I don’t think I’m ready to tackle a sampler just yet.
There are a few gals in my quilting guild who invited me to join their stitching guild when they reconvene in September. I’m looking forward to joining them in order to learn more in my quest to stitch a sampler.
It looks like it’s going to be a long and enjoyable journey. Want to hitch a ride?