Once the Engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton was announced and the wedding planned for April 29th, I knew it was high time I got cracking with a design for a counted cross stitch sampler kit that had been rattling round in my head for some time.
Of course, I should have had it ready to go immediately, but cross-stitch is not my normal habitat! Still, I carried on regardless – stitching away, and tweaking the design and the colours until they were right.
So here it is – a bit late but at least it is here before the wedding!
The Royal Wedding Sampler will always be a lovely reminder of a happy day.
On special occasions (and the Royal Wedding was a very Special Occasion) I print my own designs onto needlepoint canvas. This requires a spending time in my rather spidery shed, usually on a Sunday morning while listening to The Archers omnibus – which helps me to forget the spiders.
The Royal Wedding sampler is a cross-stitch design but it translates perfectly onto canvas so when requested, I print them to order for customers who prefer printed canvas needlepoint.
The technique requires heat under pressure and this slightly affects the colour of the canvas which takes on a rather pleasant ‘antique’ appearance. It will all be stitched over anyway – but an afternoon in the sunshine restored these canvases almost back to the original sparkling white. Thanks to those gloriously sunny days we had in April!