Jun 17, 2014

The Next Step Sampler

 
Hi ho people! While you're picking pears, I'm stitching a little. And I mean little! I want to stitch a few of these for gifts and the chart is an oldie from The Needle's Prayse called The Next Step Sampler. It uses a variety of stitches (instructions included) without getting involved in a large piece. The outside border is rice, first band is 4-sided, another is herringbone, then there's reversible, the dreaded Queen, a few eyelets and Smyrna cross.  A nice project for trying new stitches in very small sections.


Or substitute regular cross for most as I did.   I'm a lazy stitch wimp as we already know.  All I want to do is make little crosses on a simple marking sampler without fancy stuff and constant thread changes, so I stitched what I wanted and even left off the Queen band completely.
 
I think this one will stay with me.  I plan on using it as a pocket on the outside of my old jeans pocket and adding leather lacing for a hanging strap.  I always cut off my pockets as a memorial to a once smaller behind.  I use them for a variety of projects and even sew them to sweatshirts.  This one is larger than the standard jean pocket.
The finished size of this design on 30 count with my changes is 3 ¼" x 4" -  a perfect size to hang from a cupboard knob.  Hmm.  Maybe I'll ditch the denim.
I didn't get a reply from CalamityJr about her choice so I can't draw another name yet.  While looking for the next project, I found two other pears that I charted but never stitched.  Maybe I'll stitch them and offer the charts. 
 
Enjoy your hump day!
 
 
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18 comments:

Barb said...

I'm with you on all those fancy stitches! That little sampler looks so cute on the jeans pocket!

Kathy L. said...

I love that little sampler!

Kathy

Phyllis said...

Cute sampler and love your finishing idea!

susiedele said...

Well, if Calamity doesn't want it I'll take the little one in the center. lol All are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I always love to see your charts and what you're going to stitch next. Mouse

Justine said...

Love the idea of saving jeans pockets and the reasons "behind" it!

Truus said...

Love the idea to make your embroidery on the jeans pocket!
Have a nice day
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

donna said...

I love the little samplers! And the jean pockets are just perfect, and ohhhh your plants are gorgeous!

C. M. Designs said...

Wishing you a cool "hump day". It's s good time to stay in a stitch since the temps will be hot today.
Charlotte in Virginia

Vickie said...

I too have a few jean pockets saved for something!!
Hot and humid here. blech

Margaret said...

I really like this sampler -- lovely colors too! I'm a straight cross stitch type of girl too. lol! I'll do the fancy stitches once in a while, but straight cross is my thing. Love it on the jeans pocket myself.....

Jacqueline said...

Like the jean pocket idea. Very clever

Robin said...

What a fabulous little sampler you stitched up, Marly! I really like it on your pocket as well! I don't mind rice and 4-sided stitches, but I would substitute on the rest.

Enjoy your day!

Robin in Virginia

LaNelle said...

Nice Sampler choice enjoy the stitch..lovely idea with the jean pocket thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Oh what a nice idea for the sampler!I am loving your cat posts. Our Mrs. Jackie is now waiting for a forever home and a no kill shelter. The 2 rascals here could not adjust to competition! God bless. Karen in NC

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

great stitching love the chart. hugs lynda ruth

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love your Sampler. Beautiful!,

Penny said...

I'm all for keeping it simple and just making the little x's. :) Love your plan for finishing it ~ creative as usual!

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