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Heirloom Anniversary Sampler (The Second in the Heirloom series.)

Some years ago, I designed a square 50th Anniversary Sampler for a needlework magazine. At that time, I determined that I would eventually expand that design to make it more challenging, and publish both versions in one leaflet. So here you are! Long and elegant, this sampler can hang on any wall and still look beautiful.. I've used antique colours and tones so that the overall effect is classic and timeless. Mauve, rose, taupe, and ivory silks on a platinum linen, with silver/gold metallic touches, and the sparkle of hundreds of ivory, old rose, and violet beads combine to create a rich memory of years of love. The verse, "Take my hand and walk with me, The best in life is yet to be.." is slightly changed from the original, but keeps the spirit of true love and commitment. At the back of the leaflet is the original design, stitched on ecru linen, with slightly different colours for the silk ribbon heart, and bullion knots for the roses.. The Hardanger frame for the square sampler can be lengthened to fit around the long sampler if you wish! Suitable for anniversaries, weddings, graduations, or birthdays, you can change the colours of the fibers or the fabric, and the wording, to stitch this sampler for the celebrations of the special people in your life! I hope you enjoy stitching this heirloom!

Design area: 270h x 62w
Model: 28ct Platinum Cashel - 19 1/2" long x 4 3/4" wide
(Cut 26" X 11" for framing)

On the front cover photo, we've shown the long version of the Heirloom Anniversary Sampler. On the back cover, you'll see the square version. You may wish to use the Hardanger Frame from the smaller piece, extend it, and stitch it around the long version for added impact! However, you will have to make sure you have enough fabric to do this! You will need to add another 3" to each side of the long sampler.

Heirloom Anniversary Sampler Accessory Pack
  • "Highland Heather" Sampler Threads - Gentle Art
  • Au ver a Soie – 3043 rose - Access
  • Au ver a Soie – 3443 dark taupe - Access
  • Au ver a Soie – 3341 med taupe - Access
  • Au ver a Soie – 3412 light taupe - Access
  • YLI #162 mauve silk ribbon 4mm
  • YLI #160 rose silk ribbon 4mm
  • YLI #164 taupe silk ribbon 4mm
  • Kreinik 102HL #8 Braid Vatican Gold
  • Kreinik 102 #4 Braid Vatican Gold
  • Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads #3005- copper
  • Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads #3021-creme
  • Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads #3044 – mauve
  • 4 Mother of Pearl Heart beads – Access
  • 3 Rose Quartz Heart beads – Access
  • 1 Mother of Pearl Rice Bead – Access


Extra Materials Needed:
  • 4 spools Trebizond TRA132 ecru - Access
  • DMC #3033 floss platinum
  • DMC #12 Pearl Cotton #712 creme
Stitches used in this Sampler:
  • Cross Stitch
  • Backstitch
  • Beadwork
  • Silk Ribbon Spider Web Rose
  • Stem Stitch
  • Japanese Ribbon Stitch
  • Pulled Three Sided Stitch
  • Large Single Cross Stitch
  • Satin Stitch
  • Scotch Stitch
  • Hemstitching with Three Sided Stitch and Wrapped Threads
  • Smyrna Crosses
  • Four Sided Stitch
  • Wrapped Herringbone Stitch
  • Queen Stitch
  • Herringbone Stitch
  • Partial Rhodes Stitch
  • Hemstitching with Four Sided Stitch
  • Sheaf Stitch
  • Bargello
  • Rhodes Heart
  • Kloster Block
  • Woven Bars
  • Divided Wrapped Bars
  • Doves Eyes
  • Partial Greek Cross
  • Partial Diamond Eyelets
  • Algerian Eye Stitch
  • Bullion Knot


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