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Friday, 8 March 2013

It comes from the heart


Recently our SDW SAL shared their journey to cross stitching reproduction samplers. The common theme the group shares is a start on Aida and cotton floss mostly Dimension kits from the '80s and '90s.

Subsequently each one of us have had an awakening when we have been "inspired" and thus set off stitching reproduction samplers.

For me I fell in love with  the mystic surrounding them and spend many happy hours thinking of the young girls and what they were dreaming of whilst stitching the original and what their lives were like. 

Every sampler tells a story that comes from the heart and none more so than an antique sampler. 

Did their dreams come true ? I like happy ending so all my girls lived happily ever after in my imagination.

Certainly all of these girls live on today because of their samplers. 

Would you share with the group your "inspiration" to stitch reproduction samplers and what was your first sampler (a photo would be nice).



Nicola
http://stitchingbyacornishseashore.blogspot.co.uk/

11 comments:

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I've been stitching samplers for many years but never reproductions.
My inspiration to start my first one was Nicola asking me to help with this blog!
Somehow I don't think it will be my last one either.

Jean P said...

You, Nicola, are my inspiration. Until this challenge, I had not stitched a reproduction sampler. I cannot tell you why I was compelled to join the challenge (given that I had never done one, had no idea how to post to a blog much less add a picture!) but I knew I should sign up. My stitching time has been limited by family obligations and personal health but I have so enjoyed working on Emma Miles.

So, thank you, Nicola, for inspiring me and for just the right encouragement to spring me out of the last century technologically. Thank you to all of you who post your progress. Sharing your work on the two blogs is icing on my inspiration cake!

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Elaine said...

wonderful idea :) my first sampler is currently in the attic - should really get it down, and yes it was white aida and dmc.

Erica near Chicago said...

Nicola, I learned to cross stitch early in life but spent most of my school years knitting and crocheting. The first sampler I did was the Chase Sampler which I think was a stamped kit associated with Colonial Williamsburg. I looked at other samplers after that but most seemed simple and unauthentic. It wasn't until I came across a small black & white magazine ad from SL (in Colonial Homes?) that I saw the detail I was looking for. I'm becoming increasingly fascinated with 17th century tent stitch pictures of biblical figures, especially those with multiple scenes such as this from the life of Abraham: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/64.101.1306 I'd like to try my hand at a smaller version of one of these someday....

Roberta said...

Nicola, I have been stitching, sewing, quilting and such for so long I cannot remember what or when Reproduction Samplers or samplers in general became the passion. But I love to stitch them and in the process also learn new stitches and history.

Vera said...

Oh wow, I feel so old!! I have been stitching for over 50 years! Yikes!! Started with stamped pillowcases, etc. During high school and college I sewed (mainly clothes) rather than embroidery. Got back into embroidery in the 1980's with aida and dmc...then took local classes with great teachers and was introduced to linen, specialty stitches and hardanger. I've done a lot of band samplers, which I love, and a lot of smalls. PLL and Pincushion are my first SL pieces (even though I purchased Pincushion 20+ years ago!!).

EvalinaMaria said...

Oh, dear Nicola! I'm here because of you and your celebration. I never heard of Scarlet Letter samplers before I met you. I love Quakers and a good company sio I figured that I can find a nice Quaker piece for the Your Year. Look at me now...

Pat L said...

Thanks again Nicola for starting this. On a side note---I almost came home with a boxer yesterday and thought of you. He is a five year old who's owner died and he had those sad eyes we all fall for. He would never have gotten along with my springer or my son's border collie or daughter-in-law's pug but I cried all the way home and thought of you and your two boxers. Totally not a stitching post but............

Lelia said...

OK, I put up my 'journey' took awhile to find some of the dates and photographs - I'm such a fossil.

Fiona said...

I was taught to stitch in primary school, probably around age 8, but knitted all the time. When in my mid 20s a friend showed me something she was going to stitch for her daughter, I thought to myself, I can do that and proceeded to buy myself a chart book, 3 or 4 skeins of DMC, a pack of needles and piece of 14ct Aida. I stitched lots of the usual kind of things and then when I started going online discovered Just Nan. There is probably a Just Nan somewhere that is my first band sampler, but can't think what it was. I also stitched a birth sampler for my daughter, when she was 5.
I have always been interested in history and love looking at antique samplers in museums. With the introduction of this blog, thanks Nicola, I started my first SL and my first reproduction and I am loving it.