Beginnings – Holly and Ivy Sampler

A very long time ago, I set a goal to stitch some large Christmas pieces …

The front frame was used for the Heirloom Wedding Sampler by Victoria Sampler, but there was something daunting about that larger frame behind it, so I kept putting it off.

After finishing my niece’s blessing gown, I finally started!  (Perhaps these Christmas samplers don’t seem quite so large by comparison any more.)

Presenting … Teresa Wentzler’s Holly and Ivy Sampler:

I started stitching the middle section to get all the over-one stitching over and done with while I was still excited about the project.

The metallic threads and beads make this a very sparkly, festive piece.

I’m hoping to have this one finished and framed in time to display for Christmas.  It may just happen this year!

5 Responses to “Beginnings – Holly and Ivy Sampler”

  1. Begoña Says:

    Hello, my name is Begoña and I´m from spain (Madrid).
    For some time I discovered the hardanger.
    I’ve done some work with this technique and searching the net, I found your blog. You make some very nice things, I loved the dress of baptism. Well actually all your embroidery is magnificent. I love the strings you use.
    I also make the Norwegian embroidery, sometimes I combine my work with patchwork, which is another of my hobbies
    A greeting Begoña

  2. Heather Says:

    Thanks for visiting, Begoña! Your work is beautiful.

  3. Valerie Says:

    Lovely! This is one of my favorite christmas hymns. I’ve never seen this project before. I’ll enjoy watching your progress!

  4. Narita Says:

    I absolutely LOVE this :)
    Did you design this?

  5. Narita Says:

    oops, nvm, I just saw the picture on the side that says it is Teresa Wentzler. I’ve done lots of Chatelaines, too!