Babies Don’t Keep

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.

Picking Fabrics

Picking Fabrics

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.

Vintage Baby Sampler (WIP)

Vintage Baby Sampler (WIP)

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.

Guardian Angel Birth Record - completed 2006

Guardian Angel Birth Record – completed 2006

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8 Responses to Babies Don’t Keep

  1. Kate says:

    Amazing progress, Heather 🙂 That will make a lovely gift; I look forward to seeing the finished piece with the extra bling. Would you be interested in selling your magazine when you’re done? My friend and I have been looking for that exact poem in a chart for awhile, and it’s very difficult to find World of Cross Stitch here in Texas.

  2. Meari says:

    Both are adorable!

  3. Dani says:

    That’s going to be a lovely birth announcement!

  4. Joanne P says:

    Great choice. I love that rhyme too, perfect for me!

  5. Kim McCool says:

    This is darling!! I love it –

  6. wendy says:

    that is such a lovely keepsake! yes, do add some beads, that will look great!

  7. What a sweet keepsake that will be for a little girl. I love the old-fashion carriage. We had one like that for ours when they were new borns. And I love the teddy bear one you did for her brother.

    I’ve recently started a weekly Stitchery Link Party for all things hand stitched/embroidered and I would love to have you come link up this post (or one of your older ones) and share with my readers.