It was reproduction samplers that first caught my attention and made me want to start cross stitching again.
Hands Across the Sea Samplers has the most gorgeous reproduction samplers. I have put Ann Webb in my cart 100 times in the last two weeks but so far, I haven’t bought it. It’s a pdf and I can import it into the Pattern Keeper app but I don’t have a working printer here . . though I know I’m going to order it soon . . printer or not!
I love everything about it – especially those goats. One thing about Hands Across the Sea’s samplers – Nicola does tons of research and finds out as much as she can about the original designer/stitcher of the samplers and shares that info in the pattern materials.
As I look at Ann Webb and think of a little 9 year old girl stitching that and possibly designing it too (I don’t have the pattern so I haven’t read it all), I’m amazed and it makes me somewhat sad that so many of our 9 year olds only want to play on cell phones and computer games. I think hand work and gardening is something everyone should at least try, even at a young age.
Anyway, Hands Across the Sea Samplers charted another reproduction sampler, Ann Morison, as a limited edition pattern for the 20th Anniversary of Traditional Stitches, a Canadian shop. I resisted buying it, though I love it and I think the colors go so nicely with Ann Webb, but yesterday it got the best of me. Once those are gone, they will not be reprinted so I ordered it. Coming from Canada, who knows when it will arrive but I hope to get started stitching on that in the spring. The colors look like spring, don’t you think?