Many stitchers use stitching to commemorate events in the family. One of the most popular ways to do this is with samplers.
Samplers have been around since humanity has been doing the needle arts. Many stitchers think of alphabet, motif, and border samplers when they hear the word “sampler,” but according to Wikipedia, a sampler is merely a demonstration of a stitcher’s skills. That is a pretty loose definition. For the sake of this article, let’s separate our cross stitch into “pictures” and “samplers.” A bird “picture” would be a general cross stitched picture of a bird and a bird “sampler” would have motifs of birds with an alphabet and/or borders and/or specialty stitches.