"Redeem the mispent time thats past. Live each day as if it were thy last. And of thy talents take great care. For the last day thyself prepare. Live mindful of death." Model stitched over two on 37 Ct. Russian Tea Cake Legacy Linen from Access Commodities using Au Ver A Soie Silk. Also required, but not listed above 3835, 3836 and 4646 from Au Ver A Soie. Specialty Stitches Used: Over One, Double Running/Back Stitch, Satin Stitch. Stitch Count: 438W x 440H. Design Size: 24" x 24"
Model stitched one over two on 32 Ct. Straw linen using Classic Colorworks, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works (or all DMC 3863, 3033, 3031, 221, 642, 3021, 3011, 611). Stitch Count: 141W x 139H. Design Size: 8.81" x 8.68"
"Down in a greened and shady bed, A modest bluebell grew. It's stalks was bent, it hung it's head. As if to hide from view. And yet it was a lovely flower. It's colors bright and fair. It might have graced a rosy bower. Instead of hiding here.
Model stitched on 28 Ct. Shale Cashel linen by Picture this Plus, using Weeks Dye Works. Stitch count 268x166.
Cross stitch pattern from Mill On The Floss Samplers featuring the sentiment "Friends are the flowers in the garden of life, they fill the world with beauty."
The Pandemic of 2020, which for many is continuing into 2021 has made us appreciate family and friends even more. "Friends are the Flowers" is an adaptation from a sampler in my collection and has been adapted to commemorate Friendship Day, which in the US and many other countries falls on 2nd August 2021.
Sweet Martha was not the most careful stitcher and her sampler reflects, perhaps, the impatience that she felt with her work. The border, the two little girls and the flowers are hers; the house, I swapped for one prettier, and the butterflies are my own addition. I like the thought that they could be departed loved ones watching over us.
The verse is a combination of two, that together sum up what my friends mean to me, and in this case, is particularly apt for the friend to whom I have gifted the model.? She has already claimed the red girl for her own. I chose to link the two girls with a garland of flowers to symbolise a lasting friendship.
Two alphabets have been included so that you may personalise your own sampler.
Finally, I was so lucky that the honeysuckle was so lovely this year to provide the perfect backdrop. In the language of flowers, honeysuckle means affection and devotion.
Model stitched two over two on 36 Ct. Winter Brew from R&R Reproductions using Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works. Stitch Count: 143W x 102H. Design Size: 8" x 5.75". Black & White and Color Chart Included.
Model stitched over two on 32 Ct. Antique Ivory Belfast using Au Ver A Soie Soie d'Alger silks (631-2skeins 643 644 1444 1832 4534). (DMC alternates are 712 310 402 922 518 3363 368 744 746 422 611 502 not exact matches to DMC) Stitch size: 240h x 270w (fabric size needed 21x23)
Model stitched over 2 threads on 36 Ct. Vintage Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens with Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Deep Orange with red, Gloriana #149, DMC #355, 420, 422 (or all DMC 920, 347, 355, 420, 422). Stitch Count: 88x58
Model stitched on 32 Ct. Antique White Belfast Linen with regular cross stitch and lots of specialty stitches. Stitch Count for Sampler: 79H x 54W. Design Size: 5" x 3" Uses DMC perle Cotton, Kreinik Braid, Au Ver A Soie (1834 1344 1343 F7 545 noir 1844 blanc), Kreinik Mori, Mill Hill beads, SJ Designs petite beads (3mm white and 2mm white) and a heart charm.
"Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand". Model stitched on 28 Ct. Willow Green or Summer Khaki Cashel Linen with Gloriana Silk Thread (045, 172, 053), DMC Medici Wool thread (white), Kreinik Mori thread (0115, 8050, 4216, 8000), Needlepoint Inc thread (331, 335, 673, 124, 333), Tr3.5mm silk ribbon #22 Ballet Slippers (rose), Dinky Dyes 4mm silk ribbon (green), Access Trebizond silk thick twist (515), GL silk (194 - flowers of Italy), Kreinik #4 braid thread (002), Acess Au ver a Soie thread (4626), YLI 4mm silk ribbon (22), SJ Designs 2mm pearl beads (white), SJ Designs seed bead (462), SJ Designs petite bead (1887), Mill Hill petite bead (40557) and DMC #8 Perle Cotton thread (white). Stitch count is 64w x 283h. Design Size: 5" x 20".
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Examplar from Lakeside Linens using Soie d'Alger (or DMC floss (4) 3831, (2) 3768, (3) 501, 3822, (2) 739). Specialty Stitches SUed: Algerian Eyelets, Stem Stitch & Satin Stitch. Stitch Count: 242W x 341H. Design Size: 13.44" x 18.94"
Model stitched one over two on 36 Ct. Straw linen using Classic Colorworks (or DMC floss 3687, 3859, 3031, 3803, 935, 842, 839, 921, 356, 312, ecru, 926/927). Also required, but not listed above Tartain Plaid from Classic Colorworks. Specialty Stitches Used: Algerian Eyelet, and Continental Stitch. Stitch Count: 194W x 93H. Design Size: 10.8" x 5.2"
Model stitched over two on 46 ct. Straw with one strand Au Ver A Soie Silk from their D'Alger Range. There are also conversions for the Au Ver A soie 100.3 range together with DMC. Stitch count 201x246.