At the beginning of 2011, I was going through my kits and found two Samplers. I was at loose ends and wasn't sure what I wanted to stitch next, so I took "Gathering Pinecones" and started to stitch. It was really interesting to see how each new element made the Sampler become richer and more pleasing to the eye. I was so happy with the results, I started "The Acorn Sampler" and the same thing happened.
By this time, I was getting ready to go to Seminar in Sackville and remembered that one of my classes was "Creative Stitches Sampler" by Jeannette Douglas. By now I wasn't surprised when it happened again and within a month of getting home, I finished the Sampler. Three different Samplers and with each one I couldn't stop stitching until it was finished.
What intrigued me first on each of the Samplers were the colours. Each one of them "popped" and made me want to stitch them. But I need more if I'm going to stitch a Sampler. The next thing I think about is: Am I going to learn something new? Is there a large variety of different stitches? Are there some stitches I've never done before? If I answer "Yes" to any of those questions, I will pick up the pattern and really look at it.
I also liked the different stitches used on these Samplers. Queen, Cretan, Jerusalem Cross, Fly, Fishbone, Point Oka, Satin, Pulled Pin, Hemstitching, Buttonhole Bars, Arrow Head, Eyelet, Four-sided, Two-sided Italian Cross and Long Arm Cross were some of the stitches used. I really had to think about what I was doing on several of the stitches or I got it wrong and had to do the Frog Stitch (rrrrrip it!).
After doing three Samplers in a row, I thought I was through with Samplers for awhile, but no, I had to start a reproduction Sampler in green and red. It's a big one, so I'll be working on it when I'm kind of tired and want something easy to stitch. I also picked up another reproduction Sampler when I attended the Prairie Pacific Regional Meeting in Calgary.
Being on a Sampler kick during the summer also made me think about what I was going to put in the Fall issue of the Youth Embroiderers' Newsletter. You got it right! The Fall issue is a Sampler issue with 3 Sampler patterns. The kids are also getting a Sampler titled "ABC Come Stitch With Me" by Janice Routley with the fabric and threads included.
I didn't think so before, but I'm starting to believe that stitching Samplers can be addictive. Luckily, I don't need to go to the doctor for that. The nearest stitching or online store will be all I'll need.

Linda Brenner

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