You might remember that a little while ago I mentioned that I planned to start working on a baby sampler. A couple of weeks ago I got out some of my fabric and tried to pick a nice piece.
I wanted something muted but not white. I like hand-dyed fabric a lot, although I am very aware that not every design looks good on hand-dyed fabric. I always try to keep in mind that the design is the focus, not the crazily-dyed fabric. With that in mind, I tried a whole bunch of options. In the end, I settled on Meadow from Enchanting Lair. This particular piece is mostly a light blue with some light purple and pink variations throughout. It is very subtle, but still quite attractive.
The design itself is Vintage Baby Sampler from issue 225 of World of Cross Stitching magazine. I’m stitching it as charted using DMC floss. I had thought about changing the colours a bit to make it look a little more girly, but I ultimately decided that I liked the unisex look of the design.
It is working up very quickly, so I shouldn’t have any trouble getting it done in time for the baby’s first birthday. (Yes, I’m serious. I showered the baby with gifts when it arrived, so I’m not behind. 😉 ) I think I may add some beads though, just to make the design a little more fancy. I did a bunch of ribbon embroidery on her brother’s sampler (below), so it is only fair that she gets some beads.