Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sampler Sunday

Sunday, its already Sunday again? I can't believe another week has flown by. My dear grandma use to say that the older you get the faster the time goes - ackk!!! by that standard I'm aging fast!

This week I have a sampler to share that doesn't have a house on it! OMG -you're shocked aren't you? Well I do have a couple that are house-less, but not many. I'm not sure what the name of this piece is. It was on the cover of Just Cross Stitch magazine eons ago. It is a big piece, about 18" square and hangs in my foyer. I loved the flowers on this sampler particularly the tulip. Tulips are my favorite flower and this one is also in my favorite color-- any shade of yellow! I stitched this piece back in 1997 and it is on linen and it used DMC floss - roses, soft turquoise and golds. I like the classic looks of this piece.

On another front - have you noticed the crazy high prices that OOP Blackbird Designs charts are going for on ebay? Last week I put a bid in on a chart that I want to stitch. I was willing to go $20 for this, which is about double what it originally retailed for. Well after a couple of days I was outbid. I checked back on it and the final price was $51!!!! WOW!!! I love BBD but that is too rich for my blood. Now I did find the chart I wanted from another stitcher who generously worked a swap with me. I have a couple of OOP charts in my collection and I'm thinking about how I can work a swap with another like minded stitcher. I know how hard it is to find some of these graphs and I have been very fortunate to snag the ones I wanted for reasonable prices (by reasonable I mean I haven't paid more than twice the original retail price for the OOP chart.) I have one chart that I have seen on ebay kitted up with floss and linen and the asking price is over $100! I understand economics and whatever the market will bear but it is hard to justify these astronomical prices. Ok - that's my rant for now. I hope that you can find the charts you want for reasonable prices!

Happy stitching -

carol fun


  1. Such a pretty sampler Carol, love the colours.
    Glad you managed to get a swap on the BBD chart, that e-bay price sure is steep.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Your work is beautiful. I admire the samplers and your machine quilting is wonderful!


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