As promised on Mary Corbet’s Needlen’thread I am posting the designs for the Spring in Italy Sampler. The process to get from my sketches to designs you can use confidently has been interesting and wonderful!
When I began the project I was pretty sure I the skills to sketch up the designs, decide on colors, threads and stitches. I also knew I didn’t have the skill to turn my drawings into a pattern that would be clear and easy to use. So I called on a graphic designer I know, Meredith Stuart. She lives and works in Minneapolis and you can see more of her work and contact her here. It took her an amazingly short time to turn my sketches into beautiful, clean pdf files for you to download.
There are 4 different files below that you will need to do the sampler. Three files for each row of the sampler and a file with dimensions for the piece as a whole. I have also included each individual design so you can stitch them in another way if you like.
I sent her the photo above and scanned images of my drawings. And here is a sample of what I got back! How do these people DO this?
I’m stitching on a natural/ivory linen. In the overall design you will see that I’ve allowed for extra fabric on all the edges to accommodate the border that will be stitched last. I’m working on it now and I think you’ll like it!
A note for American readers: The files below with the words “US letter” in them, are the ones that you can print and will fit on US letter paper. The distance between each design will be a bit less but it should still work out fine for the overall design. (see comments for more information).
Here are all the patterns – Enjoy!