Saturday 4 April 2020

Let the People Choose - Modern Samplers

I am really enjoying being part of Jo's Let the People Choose each month, I only joined this year and it isn't always easy to find relevant pieces but it is making me look back at my previous projects bringing great memories. It's more than just a blog post, thanks Jo.

This month it's Modern Samplers .... so what is modern and what is a sampler.

The dictionary definition of modern is 'relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past'

Wikipedia's definition of a sampler is

 'a needlework sampler is a piece of embroidery or cross-stitching
produced as a 'specimen of achievement', demonstration or a test 
of skill in needlework. It often includes the alphabet, figures, motifs, decorativeborders and sometimes the name of the person who embroidered it and the date'

I have stitched many pieces that I would say were samplers but using the definitions above they are more like saying or quotes. Having spent a very enjoyable time looking through my photos I have decided these two projects are the ones to share this month.

Mum's project bag for her 80th birthday
Last year was my Mum's 80th and she was away on a cruise for her actual birthday. Mum is a crafter too, mainly quilting but tasting, crocheting, card making and other small crafts.

This beautiful design is Scissors and Bobbins from Jardin Prive, I stitched the main design for the project bag and then used parts of the design to make a scissor pouch, needlecase and a tape measure. Due to flight and cruise restrictions I couldn't include scissors so I included a Clover cutter and used a cotton reel to hold it.

My step-dad hid it in his case, Mum was very surprised to receive it on her birthday at sea mid way between England and Canada.

Sampler aux Bouquets - Jardin Prive
I am so pleased with this piece, it hangs in our bedroom.  I started it quite a few years ago but it got left unfinished for a while. I picked it up again in 2018 and finally finished it.

It's a three part design, you can stitch each part as a separate piece or stitch as one large design. I absolutely love it, it makes me smile every morning as I sit in bed with my coffee looking straight at it.

Both my pieces are from Jardin Prive, there are so many beautiful samplers and I am so tempted to do others but I do have another one of her designs finished and waiting to be framed .... my first task once the restrictions are over.

Stay safe everyone x x


Mary said...

Clare, The project bag and accessories you stitched for your Mom is just gorgeous. I had a double take because the design is very similar to the Stitching Sewing Sampler that I stitched for a project bag. I wonder which designer came up with the design first? Or, who copied who!!
I LOVE the Jardin Prive that hangs in your bedroom. Waking up to seeing that must bring joy to your heart. Those are the most beautiful color and design.

Tiffstitch said...

Those are beautiful! And so clever to get the birthday gift to your Mum while she was at sea. Well done.

lynda said...

Jardin Prive is one of my favorite designers...your pieces are beautiful!

Julie said...

Two great projects for this months prompt.
Lovely to see mum special gift again.

Illamm said...

Vraiment superbe :)

Katie said...

Beautiful pieces. Great job with them.

Mini said...

The project bag is lovely . Wow the framed sampler is something!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in The People's Choice this month. I do like Jardin Prive's designs and these are particularly pretty. I joined their FB page recently to get more inspiration!

Christine said...

Both are very beautiful

Carol said...

Such beautiful stitching, Clare! I love the story of your dad surprising your mom with your gift half-way across the ocean!

BronnyB said...

They are both sweet projects and lovely designs. It is good that we have art that makes us happy.

Faith... said...

Two stunning designs! I am sure your Mom truly appreciates her gift and what a fun way for her to receive it.

BronnyB said...

These are great - I can fully understand your smile when you rise each morning, looking at that lovely stitching

Astrids dragon said...

I love what you surprised your Mum with, such a fantastic set.
That is a beautiful piece to wake up to every morning, a great way to start your day!

FlashinScissors said...

Lovely to see both these projects again. Your mum must have been so happy when she received Her gorgeous gift!
It is good that we can stitch to keep us occupied and happy in these strange times!
Barbara xx