Sampler September

Judy did a blog post about possible Sampler September plans earlier today.  I swear we have some wierd mind meld thing going on that sends subliminal message to each other as I was just thinking about what I had wanted to work on for Sampler September yesterday, when I moved the chart I had planned to start (when I made up the list of starts on the 2022 Cross Stitch page (tab at top of blog).  I had originally planned to start Red Cardinals from Owl Forest but was not in the mood for that right now.  I moved it back to a Christmas start but it may actually get moved to sometime next year.

As I was looking thru charts yesterday, I always keep going back to the Brenda Keyes Sampler Company charts I have.  I have three of them,  Each one of them is gorgeous and I love the rich colors she uses in her charts – all DMC.

So here are the three charts I’m trying to decide between.  The images may have a little glare on them because she uses actual photos on the front of her charts.

plymouth sampler

Plymouth Sampler.  I love that dark blue house, and of course the green one.  This one is definitely a good amount of stitches with all that ground cover.  And I so love the big trees.   I would likely do all of these choices on 18 or 20 count.  On 18 count (since that is one of the size choices with stitch size information provided on the pattern) it would be 14.25″ x 7″.


The Huntsman.   I love the shape of that house – well not just a house it’s definitely a manor house – very regal looking indeed especially if thereis a peacock on the lawn.   This one on 18 count would be 12.5″ x 8.75″

red house sampler

And this one is Red House Sampler.  Another great house and another fun willow tree.  I love the border on this – I’m just not fond of stitching elaborate borders but it is so pretty I would have to do it.  This one on 18 count would be 15.5″ x 13″.

So if you were to stitch one of those (or if you don’t stitch but had someone willing to make one of these for you – and no it will not be me!) which would it be and why?  And if you don’t like any of them that’s okay too because we all have different tastes.   I think I know which one I will start but haven’t made a final decision yet.  I need to see the flosses (some of which I am still waiting on to arrive) and pull some fabrics to figure all that out.

I likely will actually start it before September since I’m really hoping to have The First Thanksgiving done before the end of the month which is quickly approaching but I still think I can do it.  (If I get off the computer and stop planning new projects and stop digging thru my finished smalls to match them up to some new finishing pieces I got – which is what I spent quite a bit of tie yesterday doing).