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Friday, 30 December 2011
Gifts and a robin!

Much to my surprise, and my great delight, my daughter Nicola and her husband Ian gave me this wonderful sampler for Christmas. It is dated 1872 and has the initials EJK stitched at the bottom. They found this sampler in an antique shop in Rye, East Sussex a couple of months ago. Am I spoiled or what?

From my son Justin and his wife AnnMarie I received the above French stitching book by Isabelle Vautier and Catherine Arguela. There are some lovely charts inside and I look forward to stitching that pretty ABC, making some lace holders and the heart shaped needle book shown on the front cover.

The two pairs of scissors shown are two new pairs that were added to my collection and gifted by my friend Sylvie.

I will be showing more gifts later. A big thank you to all for my great gifts.

And here is the ornament that I stitched for Kirby - a delightful British robin. This was the 'stamp' from a mail art pattern called A Robin's Christmas by Lynne Nicoletti. It is worked on 40ct white Newcastle linen and I converted the threads from DMC to HDF silk threads. The holly berries and the robin's eye are teeny beads and I added tiny silver bells to the bottom of the ornament and made a hand-twisted cord for the hanger.

For 2012 I am aiming to stitch an ornament between each project so I do not have the last minute panic I had this year. I was still finishing this one on Christmas Eve!

Thank you for visiting
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  • On 30 December 2011 at 12:26, Blogger Nancy

    Lovely gifts you received Carol! Enjoy, and that sampler is amazing, isn't it? Love that little Robin!

  • On 30 December 2011 at 14:12, Blogger Dora

    A beautiful sampler to be treasured! Lovely stitched and finished robin ornament.

  • On 30 December 2011 at 16:45, Blogger Bertie

    What does a girl more want at Christmas!! a fabulous sampler Carol!
    Love your book and robin too:)
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  • On 30 December 2011 at 17:46, Blogger VALIE

    How thoughtful of Nicola and Ian. And another stitching book ! Do your children know you like stitching ?

  • On 30 December 2011 at 19:19, Blogger valerie

    Lovely gifts! I love the robin ornie you stitched for Kirby. Happy New Year Carol!

  • On 31 December 2011 at 00:08, Blogger Lisa V

    Hi Carol, can you please tell me if I can still buy this pattern of the robin or is it an OOP?
    My Grandad died going on 7 years next year and his favourite bird was a robin, we always associate them with him, and I was trying to find a small pattern of a robin to stitch for my Mum's ornie this year with no luck, she says every year that she wants to find a robin ornie for the tree so it can represent Grandad for us. Your help would be gratefully received as I would love to make her wish come true for next Christmas.
    Many thanks
    LISA V

  • On 31 December 2011 at 00:46, Blogger angelasweby

    What a gorgeous sampler and such a thoughtful present :-)
    I love the book and can't wait to see what you stitch from it. That ABC is lovely!
    Your pretty robin ornament for Kirby is so festive.
    Sending lots of good wishes Angela xx

  • On 31 December 2011 at 23:46, Blogger Brenda

    What a GORGEOUS SAMPLER!!! Wow!!!

    I love your little ornament with the robin also! Tooo cute!

    And I just can forsee LOTS of finishes from that new xstitch book you received!

    Happy Stitching!!!