Cross stitch was one of the first "crafts" I got into. The design was stamped on the fabric, you stitched the X's on top. Very easy. Very satisfying. Next I moved on to counted cross stitch. My favorite projects were the Santa's I made at Christmas. I still love each and every one of them. About that time my eyes started to get weak and even with glasses it just wasn't the same. But I always wanted to do something like these.
These amazingly beautiful samplers were "wrought" by my garden mentor Mary Joan. The craftsmanship is exquisite and the designs are all based on original samplers. I love the idea of re-creating this fine handwork and passing them down to the next generation. This is one of those things I want to do, but I know I will not. I am grateful to have a friend that lets me come over and gaze admiringly upon her work. She even lets me hold them if I want to so I can examine them very closely. She doesn't have any museum rules in her house.