After a false start in choosing a pattern way beyond my skills I am finally stitching...on LINEN. I am a new sampler stitcher and the first pattern I ordered called for 40 count linen, I was totally overwhelmed. Thank you Nicola for the encouraging emails and the suggestion of a couple different samplers. This is the beginning of Mary Ann Hutton, the Christmas carol sampler. It is 25 count unbleached linen and the beautiful silk threads from Scarlet Letter.
I have already used three things I have learned from blog posts for my humble blue line. The invaluable cross every 10th stitch to help count your long lines of stitching. Number two, get stronger reading glasses. The third thing that has helped was to read about free hand stitchers, it took me about three inches to dispense of the hoop.
I have also made some marks on my pattern to make those bolder every 10th lines stand out for me.
Happy Stitching All,
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