My friends, this sampler has been in the works for a long time. I started thinking about designing it over a year ago, when I was planning my own wedding. But before that, I've been thinking about samplers, and especially commemorative family samplers for much, much longer. I fell in love with embroidery's history long before I learned how to embroider.
I had a few interruptions along the way. I got married (fun!) I moved across the country (fun! stressful! time consuming!) and a few other things (more on that this week). But now, it's here!
Maybe you're wondering who Jack and Marguerite are. Well, I'm not sure. But my friends Jackie and Marguerite got married last summer in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable, up in the mountains near Santa Cruz. However, since marriage is for everyone now (wink!) I left the I-E off for the first set of photographs. I'll add in the last two letters and make it official next week. Stay tuned for the official "Jackie and Margie" launch!
This sampler is customizable, of course, and is easily personalized with names and date. I used a washable pen from clover, which works great. If you don't like the way your text looks the first time around, just use the white tipped pen on the opposite end to erase your initial marks and start over. You could also use a Frixion Pen for this, which irons off if you decide you don't like it. Furthermore, if you want to trace a specific font, you could print out that font on white paper, tape it to a bright window, tape the sampler over it and trace, using one of the aforementioned pens. You could also use a water soluble stabilizer to transfer the names and date. More on that and all these techniques in my book, or in this online workshop.
The sampler is perfectly sized to fit easily into a 5 " x 7" frame (shown here in one from IKEA), which makes a lovely wedding gift. Another idea is to stitch the sampler and use it as a commemorative applique for a wedding quilt. Wouldn't that be cool? I love personalized things, especially for weddings.
This sampler launched yesterday, and today as a thank you to all you blog readers out there, I'm hosting a little giveaway. Pin one of the pictures of the sampler from this blog post to Pinterest, and leave a link back in a comment below. I'll pick one lucky winner next week on September 2nd, and send you your own copy of the sampler. Thanks for Pinning!