Sunday, January 8, 2012

Diamond Jubilee and Coronation Samplers

Thank you to everyone for your Welcome Back comments. Now back to the serious stuff of samplers and The Diamond Jubilee.
I stitched this Jubilee sampler last year and posted it on my blog. It was originally for the Silver Jubilee in 1977, then was released again for the Golden Jubilee in 2002. I bought the kit on ebay and decided to stitch it for 2012. I was waiting for official colours to be released before I finished the letters and numbers.
I decided on red and now it is finished, framed with a frame from the op shop and on the wall at last.

This sampler shows the official Diamond Jubilee logo. The chart was a free download from Ruth's blog Easy and quick to stitch, I chose a red background simply because I had some red aida cloth I had bought from the op shop. I love the red but it could also look good on blue or white fabric.

I love this just released kit from Riverdrifthouse. I bought it on ebay as soon as I saw it. Arrived on Thursday and I started stitching on Friday and will do more this afternoon.

The only change I made was to use aida cloth I already had as I like softer cloth. The dark lines on the cloth are pulled out later.

Ruth at Britsamplers sent me this lovely Diana memorial tapestry to stitch. As the correct wool wasn't available I am working it in 6 strands of DMC stranded cotton and this works well. I had hoped to get more of it stitched during the hours spent in hospital waiting rooms. But really the waiting room turned into such a friendly and chatty place and for a while patients and carers were like family or new best friends, then we parted hoping never to see each other again.

I have done it again!!! My enthusiasm has overridden my commonsense and I am trying to knit a Union Jack bed throw. The wool was expensive and I had to buy it from the U.K so I must finish this at some time in my life. Forget that I can't really knit and rarely finish any knitting I start. It's knitted on 12mm needles and worked from a chart using a method I had never heard of and had to google it. Now when I knit I have a huge tangle of wool following me. My goal is to knit one row a week and I will be finished in less than 2 years.

A coronation sampler worked before EdwardVIII abdicated. I bought it on ebay from Canada, it has the Maple leaf in the centre so a design for the Canadian market. The colours of the flag, leaf, lettering and shield are printed on the fabric and then embroidered around. It is a cushion cover, looks never used and I think it will be better preserved in a frame. This is the second EdwardVIII I have in my collection.

This coronation sampler from 1953 is really a cushion cover too. It has been well used and washed and some of the stitches have worn away. Much safer framed in this pretty frame. I bought the sampler on ebay and the frame from the op shop.

My Motto for 2012

My already broken New Year Resolution for 2012.



  1. No one could ever accuse you of not keeping busy! I bet Charlotte and Emily love the tangle of wool.

    As usual everything you do and show is of such high quality and beautifully done.

  2. I see you are keeping very busy:) That Union Jack bed throw will be something when it's finished.

  3. Hurrah for the Union Jack bed throw, can't wait to see that. Although it sounds like I may have to come back in two years to see the finished object. Still, that is quicker than some of my knitting projects!

  4. Such detailed work! My fingers cramp up just thinking about it! ;)

    xo Catherine

  5. I would like to get a sampler kit like the one at the top -- the one that was from the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and re-released for the Diamond Jubilee. Would you be able to share any further information about it? If you could say where it came from -- which company -- I would really appreciate it.