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Heirloom Nativity   Sampler

Story of the first Christmas!

“Sweet angels sing on Christmas night
Come shepherds see the wondrous sight.
Come wise men see the star above,
A Babe is born to bring us Love.”

This elegant snowy Heirloom Sampler was inspired by many warm Christmas memories. When I was a child in Holland and then in Canada, the emphasis at Christmas was on the celebration of the Nativity story. Since we’d already received our presents from 'St. Nicholas' early in December, we were very focused on the coming of the baby Jesus! Usually, a week before Christmas, we decorated our new Christmas tree with sparkling ornaments and white candles. We would hang pine and fir boughs on the walls. But I wasn't tall enough to decorate the tree or walls, so in our family, my special joy and privilege was arranging the Creche. On our best side table, I would lay fluffy white cotton and some sparkles to make the snow shine. Then I added the barn with Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and their sheep, the three Kings with a camel, and a gorgeous floating Angel hanging above. Finally, after much shifting of the figures so they were all arranged to perfection, I carefully and gently placed the little baby Jesus in his creche in the center. This Nativity scene of peace and love was the centerpiece of our house and it added such deep meaning to the scent of pine and candles, cookies baking, and the tinkle of bells and carol singing. For me, Christmas was the most magical hopeful time of the year. I hope that this sampler will bring that peace and beauty to you as you stitch this sampler with all its rich emotional imagery of the story of the First Christmas! - Thea

Heirloom Nativity Sampler
Design area: 329h x 72w (23.5”h x 5.1”w)
Models: 28ct Smokey
Pearl Cashel Linen
Cut fabric: 30” x 11” for framing

ACCESSORY PACK: Ask for the Heirloom Nativity Accessory Pack at participating needlework shops. They are also available online in our Catalogue.

  • Heirloom Nativity MAIN Accessory Pack (#87P)
    (enough to stitch this long sampler)
    Gloriana silk #135 “Bellagio” - multi blue, green, cherry, gold - 2 yards
    Gloriana silk #117 Elizabethan Green” - olive greens dk - 3 yards
    Kreinik Mori #0553 - blue lt - 1 yards
    Kreinik Mori #7014 - tan - 4 yards
    Needlepoint Inc. #0143 - rose dk - 1.5 yards
    Needlepoint Inc. #0304 - rust brown - 1 yards
    Needlepoint Inc. #0925 - grey blue dk - 2.5 yards
    Needlepoint Inc. #0966 - grey green dk - 2 yards
    Gentle Art Sampler Threads “Sable” - multi browns - 4 yards
    Kreinik Mori #7086 - golden yellow med - .5 yards
    Kreinik Mori #6126 - purple - 1 yards
    Access Au ver a Soie #1835 - grass green - 1 yards
    Access Au ver a Soie #4624 - red - 1 yards
    Access Au ver a Soie #creme - cream - 1 yards
    Access Au ver a Soie #noir - black - 1 yards
    Kreinik #4 Braid #002HL - metallic gold - 8 yards
    Kreinik Mori #0103 - flesh - 1.5 yards
    Kreinik Mori #0523 - grey lt - 1 yards
    Kreinik Mori #0724 - yellow lt - 1.5 yards
    Kreinik Mori #7087 - golden yellow dk - 2 yards
    Needlepoint Inc. #0126 - brick red dk - 1 yards
    Needlepoint Inc. #0642 - green - 2 yards
    Needelpoint Inc. #0923 - grey blue med - 1 yards
    Mill Hill petite bead #40557 - gold
    SJ Designs petite bead #1818 - clear silver
    SJ Designs petite bead #18114 - bronze iris
    SJ Designs 2mm pearl beads - white
    Access Mother of Pearl Star beads - 5
    Mill Hill Treasure #12093 - red gold heart - 1
    Star charm - gold - 1

.Heirloom Nativity White Floss Accessory Pack (#87WFP)

(enough to stitch this long sampler)

  • Kreinik Mori #8000 - white - 16 yards

Extra Materials Needed:

  • Evenweave Fabric - Zweigart Smoky Pearl 28ct Cashel Linen
  • DMC #12 Perle Cotton - white (Not in Accessory Pack)

Stitches used in this Sampler:
  • Cross Stitch over two
  • Cross Stitch over one
  • Backstitch
  • Straight Stitch
  • Lazy Daisy
  • Beadwork
  • French Knots
  • Colonial Knots
  • Smyrna Crosses
  • Satin Stitch
  • Diagonal Straight
  • Ray Stitch
  • Plait Stitch
  • Scotch Stitch
  • Interwoven Cross
  • Honeycomb Hem
  • Diamond Eyelet
  • Algerian Eyelet
  • Triple Rice
  • Klosters
  • Woven Bars
  • Wrapped Bars
  • Dove's Eyes
  • Partial Greek Cross
  • Part. Rhodes Heart
  • Oblong Cross

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