Finished Cross Stitch Lace Heart Wedding Sampler

Whew, finally finished! I feel like the slowest stitcher on the planet these days. I used to be able to whip out a project like this in a week, but these days it takes me months. Less stitching time and carpel tunnel combined to make stitching a lot slower.

==> Click here to get a copy of the Jeanette Crews Designs Wedding Memories Leaflet, which includes Lace Heart and other designs that you can personalize with the included alphabets.

Finished Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch

Notice the date on the sampler – April 3rd of 2010. Yes, I’m over a year late in finishing this gift! I had intended to finish it for the one year anniversary, but my stitching time in March was short and few so it’s running quite behind, and I still need to get a frame! I’m thinking a silver frame or a grey frame, I haven’t looked at matting yet so I’m not sure what to use there.

Here’s the project from early stages to finish….

This is from the Jeanette Crews Designs Wedding Memories Leaflet
, and the design is called Lace Heart. As you can see on the leaflet cover there I am not stitching this as charted, white is just so boring to stitch!

So, I grabbed the save the date card that came in the mail along with my fabric stash and I found the closest possible match to the color of purple that the bride used for the cards and invites and also for her bridesmaid dresses and wedding colors.

The closest match I came out with was Abracadabra from Silkweaver and it’s an opalescent fabric, so there’s pretty sparkles in there! I know they’re hard to see in the photos, but they really do look great in person! The floss colors used were DMC 210 and DMC 553 and the beads are Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads #02010.

and then finished….
Finished Lace Heart Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch

Obviously, I did not stitch this design as charted. The original pattern called for white, pink, and Kreinik thread for some of the backstitching and white beads. I used the purple on purple to match the bridal colors and I used clear glass beads for the beaded accents.

The Kreinik threads were meant to backstitch two doves, one on each side of the heart, but after a closer look at them I really didn’t like them at all so I simply didn’t include them. They were very animated and cartoonish and I felt they took away the elegant feeling from the design.

I also used the couple’s initials instead of their first names, because it fit better and the bride actually goes by her middle name and not her first name, and it gave the design a bit more balance to have the three letters on each side of the small heart.

==> Click here to get a copy of the Jeanette Crews Designs Wedding Memories Leaflet, which includes Lace Heart and other designs that you can personalize with the included alphabets.

This leaflet has one other wedding sampler I might use as a gift for a wedding we’ll be attending in January – but in the meantime I need to take a break from wedding stitching and get on to some dragon cross stitching!

Thanks for checking out what I’m stitching this week 🙂 I’d love to hear what you’re working on and comments are always welcome here.

About Loretta

Passionate stitcher. Mom of four amazing young men. Wife to a comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.


  1. Beautiful! (No I’m probably the slowest stitcher ever!! ;-))

  2. LOL Valerie, at least we’re in good company!

  3. aw, thanks! It seems it takes me months and yrs to complete anything anymore – haha I stopped setting time limits for gifts and now I just buy kits for someone in mind and when I finish I finish for whatever year birthday or holiday for them, lol! Took the pressure off. Anyway your wedding sampler is beautiful and unique! kudos!

  4. Thank you! <3

  5. beautiful!!!

  6. I have to agree with the others…this is Beautiful!!

  7. Looks Beautiful!! I never would have known there were supposed to be doves in the design. Gorgeous with the purple threads, too!

    • loretta says:

      Thanks 🙂 I’m really glad I left the doves off, they were very cartoonish and I think the piece is much more elegant without them.

  8. Loretta, that is gorgeous.I am going to stitch that for me someday!! Thank you!!

  9. Very pretty and delicate. Well worth the wait!

  10. Awesome color combination and stitching. You really know what you are doing. I am sure this crafted gift was much appreciated!

  11. I click where it says to get this pattern, and nothing happens. Please let me know how to get this pattern.

    • Sorry about that, it had become unavailable at the resource I linked to originally so it unlinked. Updated the post with a working resource 😉

      You can find the pattern available in limited quantity at


  1. […] And then, well, life happened I guess. A year later I finished the beading, but I wasn’t sure how soon I’d be able to have it framed. My intention was to give it to them as an anniversary gift, so I put it in my finished project box for safe keeping until I was ready to have it framed. I even blogged the finish here. […]

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