Don't you just love vintage samplers? The kind that little girls stitched at school while learning the alphabet. My vintage-French schoolgirl sampler has a fresh and modern look when stitched with luminous, Paris-pink silk thread on white linen. Hearts, flowers and French fleur de lis are sprinkled throughout this design.
If you look at the early French samplers, you will see some letters missing. Many early samplers do not have the letters “J” and “U” in their alphabets because they were not part of the early Latin alphabet.
If you love the look of classic, redwork samplers then stitch this design with red floss on white or flax linen. I use Zweigart 32-count Belfast linen for all my counted cross stitch pieces. You can find a nice selection of Zweigart linen at Stitching Bits And Bobs.
I also love to stitch with silk floss, but DMC embroidery floss comes in 400 colors and DMC thread is found at most craft stores. The pattern can be stitched with white floss on colored linen too. Have fun and stitch this piece in your favorite colors!
It's a great beginners pattern because it uses one color; Zen-stitching at its best! Experience the joy of making something with your own hands.
The photo is a computer generated image of the design. The beauty of cross stitching is the slow and meditative process. So I'll take my time and enjoy each stitch. I hope you do too!
The finished size of the sampler is approximately 9 by 14 inches
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Happy Stitching!xx ~ Jilly
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