Finished embroidery: ‘Count Your Blessings’ doll’s house sampler

This is my latest doll’s house scale sampler kit, that’s just been added the range on my website. It features the saying ‘Count your blessings’.

'Count Your Blessings' doll's house sampler, measuring 1.95 x 2.3 inches

We often take for granted what we have. However much we DO have in the way of ‘stuff’, we always seem to want something more. And in the affluent West of the 21st Century, there seems to be a huge range of products ready to tempt us to buy more, when it may be that things you can’t buy, such as friendship, is really more important. In Victorian times, young girls were taught to value what they had (however little that might be), by stitching a phrase such as ‘Count your blessings’ as a sampler motto. Imagine how it would be drilled into your brain, if you had to painstakingly stitch this for months, gradually building up the words and motifs, when you were maybe as young as six, as many schoolchildren were when they were instructed to make samplers such as this!

The April issue of Dolls House World magazine, on sale during March 2011

This design is featured in the latest edition of Dolls House World magazine (the April issue, number 223, which is on sale during March 2011). It is the fourth in a series of sampler designs that I am doing for the magazine over the next few months. If you get yourself a copy, you can stitch the design from the colour block chart included in the magazine. You’ll need a piece of 32 count evenweave fabric, a size 26 tapestry needle, and some Anchor stranded cotton. If you prefer to buy the full kit from me (which includes a stained and varnished wooden picture frame, to mount the  sampler in), then you can take advantage of the special offer in the magazine to get 25% off the usual kit price. Just quote the Discount Offer Code listed in the magazine when you buy online from my website, and you can buy the sampler kit for £6  instead of £7.95.

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