Category Archives: Long and Narrow Design

Easter 2014 Sampler

I wish you all a joyful Easter! 

This sampler contains beading, 5 special stitches in its modest 49 x 99 total stitches, and a quote from one of my favorite authors. 

Happy, peaceful stitching!


Pic ~ Easter 2014 Sampler


Prayer seeks … ~ a free Prayer Sampler

Pic ~ Prayer seeks ... A Prayer Sampler for your personal stitching only … not to be put to any commercial use.

This pattern was inspired by a line in a book I’m reading, Hidden Mountain, Secret Garden: A  Theological Contemplation on Prayer.  I’ve always found it somewhat difficult to pray consistently.  I often read about it, thinking to discover a path to a deeper prayer life.  But most of the time needlework serves as the path to my hidden mountain, quieting and separating me from the world.  Setting my stitches is somewhat like fingering the beads of a Rosary, a physical meditation leading to peaceful contemplation and a sense of spiritual connection.



I love colors against a black background (must have an Amish gene in the mix!) and inadvertantly left the black background in the pattern directions when I first posted.  Here’s what Prayer Seeks … looks like on  very dark fields … one black and one navy blue, and also on a pastel ground.

Pic ~ Prayer Seeks ~ on navy


PIC ~ Prayer ~ black no grid Prayer Seeks ... with pastel background














Freebie: Spring Plantings single color sampler

Pick your favorite color and enjoy some Spring Plantings!   The design is released under my copyright for your personal stitching pleasure only, and not for any commercial use.

Happy Stitching!


Spring Plantings

Spring Plantings

Embroiderbee Freebie ~ Apple Seed Counting Sampler

   A rhyme from childhood put into sampler form.  This free sampler is under my copyright and for your personal, non-commercial stitching pleasure only.   We used to count the seeds of almost every apple we ate as kids! 

Happy Stitching!


PS  Apple Seed is 6  1/8 ”  X  15  1/8 ”  on 16 ct material

Quaker Heart Sampler ~ Embroiderbee Freebie

  Substitute your own initials and significant date into this romantic Quaker Heart Sampler, and create an heirloom.  This design is for your personal stitching pleasure only, and not for any commercial use. 

Happy Stitching!


Corresponding Sullivan’s Floss Colors

45166, 45352, 45353, 45205, 45204, 45203

Freebie ~ October 2011 Stitch Sampler

Here’s my favorite type of sampler … a band sampler with lots of special stitches, but no stitches that are too complicated.  It is narrow enough to be stitched in hand, and long enough to be challenging.  I’m starting to use Sullivan’s floss, because it’s made from beautiful Egyptian cotton, and yet is less expensive than DMC.  Here’s a  link to their Conversion Charts:

October Stitch Sampler is under my copyright, and for your personal stitching pleasure only.  It is not released for any commercial use.

Happy Stitching!


Something Cooling to Stitch this Summer ~ I Heart Snowflakes

Hi fellow Stitchers!

Here’s a pretty, quaker style freebie.    I Heart Snowflakes is 5″ X 11 1/2″   on 14 ct linen.  It’s a nice size to stitch in-hand and take with you.  The design is under my copyright and released for your personal, non-commercial use only.

Happy Summer Stitching!


I Heart Snowflakes

Freebie ~ Stitching is the Gentle Art

Here is a tiny, narrow sampler designed for a spot in your favorite stitching place.   The design is under my copyright and intended for your personal stitching pleasure only, and not for any commercial use.  I love The Gentle Art threads, but this design can, of course, be adapted to any of your particular favorite colors and flosses.

Happy Stitching!


Stitching is the Gentle Art

Valentine Freebie ~ A Valentine Band Sampler

A Valentine Band Sampler



This squirrely little sampler is under my copyright and for your personal stitching pleasure only.

Happy Stitching!


February Freebie: American Primitive ~ Octagon Flowers

American Primitive ~ Octagon Flowers

I had fun designing  American Primitive ~ Octagon Flowers and I hope you have fun stitching it!  The design came about because I wanted something new for our front hall that was early American in style, with a bit of whimsey and just the right colors!  It’s under my copyright and free for your personal, non-commercial use only.

Happy Stitching!


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