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December 27, 2008


I love the copper chooks...but the alphabet sampler is definitely my favourite!

Well I have been updating. But today something happened that kinda has me on break...you have to go read my blog for any of this to make sense!!!

I WANT one of those roosters. They are amazing!!!

I found your blog when I followed your comment on two straight lines (cute pillowcases!) and I have to say that alphabet sampler is just wonderful. Totally up my alley! I would love to immortalize my son's emerging alphabet with a sampler like this, but I've never embroidered before! How difficult is it? Is there hope for me?

Thanks for the beautiful idea!

The sampler was very easy. I believe these are traditionally done in cross stitch but I prefer embroidery (even though I'm not very good at embroidery). To do it, I had Biscuit write the letters several times, randomly on scraps of paper whenever she showed interest in writing various letters then chose the best examples of similar size and traced them using disappearing ink onto the cotton fabric in rows. The embroidery is all backstitch (easy, easy to do, easy to find instructions via google) in various colors that would match my mom's decor. Used 3 strands of embroidery floss (half the normal width of the floss which is 6 strands).

Then I had her write her first and middle name and embroidered that as well. You can totally do this, easy, cheap supplies, just practice a bit and go for it.

I love the embroidery. This is such a fantastic idea to capture the kids handwriting. My oldest is now six and hers is beginning to change a bit. The roosters are awesome. Tell him he should sell them. I would by one! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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