This listing is for a Cross-Stitch Pattern, NOT FOR THE FINISHED ITEMS.
I found this old sampler online, being sold along with two other antiques. Unsigned and undated, there is much mystery surrounding this sweet little bit of history. Stitched in all different directions, like the stitcher was working only from the nearest edges, it was very interesting to get it out of its frame to inspect closer. The colors you see on the front are only minimally faded. The alphabet looks French to me, but some of the motifs remind me of those commonly found on Dutch samplers. I don’t claim to be an expert; perhaps you can venture a more educated guess for me. Either way, I fell in love with the horizontal design, the graceful but slightly wonky alphabets and the color scheme. And why, oh why does that dog have a red head? We will never know, I’m sure.
As I worked on charting the sampler, I found myself mentally rearranging motifs and spontaneously decided to create some smalls to accompany it; a pincushion, a fob, and a little pouch to hold your scissors, with a magnetic needle-minding flap. I hope you like what I came up with! Use your own initals on the small items, change up the colors as you see fit; have fun! I hope you enjoy this oldie-but-goodie as much as I have.
All models stitched on Zweigart 40ct. Newcastle Cream which was coffee stained after stitching was finished. All were stitched with one thread over two.