[The title of this post comes from the extremely funny Pixar short “Tokyo Mater” where Mater gets “modifications.” What can I say, I have two small children and all I get to watch is Disney and Sprout.]
So, you want to stitch something nice for an upcoming birth or wedding but you can’t find anything you like in a traditional sampler. What do you do? Fortunately, for you, there are options!
When I got married, there wasn’t time to stitch a sampler because we eloped. After we got married, I just couldn’t find anything I liked in my stash. And then I found this:
It isn’t a sampler per se. It’s more of a picture of a bride and groom with room for personalization at the bottom (it came with the alphabet). And it’s only 5×7 so I was able to frame it myself without much problem. It’s simple, yet effective. My husband loved it. And it’s hanging in our dining room.
Make Your Own Sampler
It sounds kind of daunting but it’s not terribly difficult if you have a few tools.
- A book or two of mini cross stitch designs
- A book of cross stitch alphabets
- Cross stitch graph paper (there was a template to be copied in the back of one of my alphabet books, so check!) or a computerized cross stitch program (KG Stitch has a free version)
When you find an alphabet that you like and a few motifs, sketch them out on the graph paper or the computer. The best part is you control the size and the materials.
So you still can’t find any pre-designed designs that you like and you don’t feel like starting from scratch. There still is hope. Here are some ideas for modifying an existing design to suit your needs.
I hope I’ve inspired you to broaden your horizons when looking at family samplers. If stitching something large is too daunting, there are smaller options. But that’s a different post.