Friday, December 13, 2019

Snow Sampler, Joy Sampler, and Red Robin Candle Mat

My hand stitching for Christmas has resulted in three completed projects, Joy Sampler cross stitch by Lizzie Kate, Snow Sampler embroidery by Kathy Schmitz, and Gail Pan's embroidered Red Robin candle mat.

Although it may have been on Instagram, I really don't remember where I first saw Snow Sampler. If it was one of your IG accounts or your blog, I apologize for not thanking you!

Decades ago I taught myself embroidery (it was called "stamped crewel" on the packages I purchased) and was familiar with the basic stitches. My love for embroidery continued into the early 2000s, but only until the last few years have I again picked up an embroidery needle This pattern is mostly stem stitch, and for some reason I had trouble "getting it". Once I did, things went fairly smoothly. There are mistakes for sure, but overall Buddy likes the result because it matches his collar!

I auditioned a few fabrics for a pillow and decided on a Grunge-y denim fabric, which harmonized with all the variegated shades of blue in the thread. Overall a fun project (although I am not fond of the stem stitch), and I'm thankful to be back in the embroidery squad.

Joy Sampler was a fun stitch for me. I'm finding that I like cross stitch more than embroidery these days, maybe because my fingers aren't as nimble as they used to be. The pattern suggested 28 count cloth stitched over two, but I substituted 14 count stitched over one. This is a pattern I purchased several years ago, and I'm glad to count it in my "Done" list.

There were three little charms included in the kit for added embellishment.

It seemed that an oval frame best suited the size and shape,
and I found one for half price at Hobby Lobby.

The little candle mat by Gail Pan was a quick finish. This week I realized Gail has a even cuter version of this in her book Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery. Diann at Little Penguin Quilts has beautifully made some really cute projects from that book, and so now I've put the book on my Christmas wishlist!

I decided on a greenish grunge for the background, and my husband
chose the black Mary Engelbreit for the backing and binding.

Cross Stitch Details:
Joy Sampler kit by Lizzie Kate
Finished size: stitched area 3-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
14 count Zweigart cloth in Vintage Country Mocha
DMC threads in 898, 930, 815, 500, 367, 321, 434, 931, 783, 712, 3853, 310

Embroidery Details:
Snow Sampler by Kathy Schmitz
Finished size: stitched area 9-1/2 x 11 inches on a 12 x 16 inch pillow form
Background: muslin-like fabric from stash backed with lightweight fusible interfacing
Backing: Hobby Lobby's version of denim grunge
Thread: DMC variegated in 93 Cornflower blue and 121 Delft blue

Red Robin Candle Mat by Gail Pan
Finished size: 8 inch octagon
Background: Grunge Mint by Basic Grey for Moda
Backing and binding: Mary Engelbreit Cranston Village
Thread: DMC 115 (variegated red), 728 (gold), 367 (green)


  1. Your different stitcheries are so sweet and festive, Linda! I love all three. And thanks for the link to the Gail Pan candle mat - I printed it right out to work on! :) I made several things from the Christmas loves Patchwork book last year, and gave them all away. That will be a fun one to work on this next week or so.

    1. Thank you Diann. I have a quilt to finish and then all I want to do is cross stitch. I have several Christmas-themed ones to do but some will have to wait till next year.

  2. It looks like you've been having a lot of fun with all these projects. It's so exciting to see a design come out of "nothing" with cross stitch, isn't it? I love embroidery and cross stitch, but since the quilt bug hit, I've only been doing them a little--usually Christmas ornaments at this time of year for my grandkiddies. As time goes on, I find that the biggest challenge is vision issues, but it's still fun.

    1. It is a lot a fun, and I do love seeing the design come together. Yes on the vision issues - I have my readers on every time I stitch. ;)

  3. Love all three beautifully stitched projects Linda! Embroidery makes such a lovely change from machine stitching and I love how it looks! Have a lovely week! Christine xx

  4. wow, love seeing all the beautiful things you make. Hoping you have a great holiday. that blue pillow -!

  5. This post makes me want to reintroduce myself to stitching. I haven't done any in many years. I don't think I have ever done cross stitch actually. But it seems like it would be a peaceful way to spend some time. Lately you seem to have really been busy with so many projects getting finished!

    1. Hi Bernie! It is peaceful, except when I lose my place or lose count. :D I have been busy trying to make up for the month-plus I lost being sick during the summer. Hope you are feeling better!


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