Friday, September 2, 2011

Alphabet Sampler c.1976


I’m sure there are a ton of people out there working on this sampler (or maybe you’re all done with yours?  I got a little sidetracked after the K) but it is every bit as beautiful as I hoped it would be.  Alicia, you are a super-genius.  This is Alicia Paulson’s Daisychain ABCs Sampler, which I made from a kit—if you haven’t gotten one of Alicia’s kits, you don’t know what you’re missing—and I fell so hard for it, right away.  I thought the W was a little arduous, but it was worth it in the end.


The K is my favorite letter—something about that shape makes me think of Charlie Brown holiday specials, or maybe my fourth grade teacher, or, somehow, The Partridge Family.  I kind of feel a little proprietary about the letter K, like it’s mine all mine.  I’m even worse about my name, there’s almost an unwillingness to share it.  What, I’m not the only Kristen in the world?  Huh.

I magically had a frame to fit this all ready to go, so after an hour spent bending the ironing board with the effort of trying to press out all the wrinkles I’d put in this while working on it, I framed it up and hung it in the kitchen, where it looks completely, utterly perfect.  Alicia, I love it.  Thank you so much. 



  1. You're right! The "K" reminds me of the little cartoon partridge at the beginning of The Partridge Family. Did you have a crush on David Cassidy too? Your sampler turned out wonderful. Alicia's patterns are so charming!

  2. It's beautiful! I liked the Partridge Family but have to admit to being a Donny fan rather than a David fan!

  3. Great job Kristen, I have to say the A is my favorite, but they are all beautiful.
    Happy weekend,

  4. It's really beautiful! I saw that on Alicia's blog but as I had recently got her embroidery book I resisted the kit. The book is lovely too, there are some lovely projects and as you would expect it is all very well presented. I might still download the pattern of this sampler. You have done a great job, I love it!

  5. Oh I got Alicia's kit but haven't had to chance to dive into it yet. Her kits are so beautiful that I want to savor every moment.

    You did an amazing job! The funny this is the A is my favorite - maybe it is a name thing.

  6. I keep seeing this sampler and loving it, maybe it's time I bought it! Yours is beautiful, your stitching is so neat!

  7. I love this Kristen, you did such a beautiful job. I think it looks adorable framed too. Lovely to see it finished, framed and hung! I really did think about purchasing Alicia's kit too, maybe the next one, I love everything she does.