Monday, September 24, 2012

Diamond Jubilee Cross Stitch Samplers

 Before I show off my cross stitch I must show my lovely Jubilee figurine of the Queen. Bought in a Sydney shop it is Royal Doulton but made in Thailand so the Doulton quality is not there but that is what made it inexpensive enough for me to buy. It's a limited edition oh 4000 and mine is #1133.
 This is the John Clayton Queen cross stitch I put aside a while ago to work on the Bothy Threads Jubilee sampler shown in a previous post. Now I am hoping to finish and frame this one soon. John Clayton loves blended threads and also fitting two full stitches into one square and that's what makes his  designs so realistic. There is no backstitch on this one.
 I stitched this one between finishing the Bothy Threads and getting back to the Queen. The chart was in Cross Stitch Collection magazine issue 209 May 2012. I like the colours in this sampler. Easy to stitch even though there are half stitches and back stitch.
In the ever growing queue of stuff to be stitched is this tapestry cushion. I saw it advertised in My Weekly mag. Jubilee issue June 7th. and bought it from
This sampler is a Mary Hickmott design and the chart is in her mag. New Stitches issue 229. All the flowers and birds represent a Commonwealth country and as there are over 100 colours listed it would be much better to buy the kit. I think this sampler is pretty but somehow it is not one I am tempted to stitch.
A sampler I stitched 10 years ago for the Golden Jubilee, it could be adapted for the Diamond Jubilee but not by me, I would hate to stitch the same chart twice. The chart was in Cross Stitcher mag. in 2002.
Another Bothy Threads kit I really want to start stitching. This one shows every king and queen from William I right down to Elizabeth II and should be fun to stitch even with all that back stitch.
All my kits are bought over the internet or come with English magazines. Am I the only one in Australia stitching Royalty? Please someone tell me I'm not!!!
Meanwhile, I must pick up needle and thread again, no time to waste.


  1. The cross-stitch works are absolutely beautiful!

  2. Beautiful work but I do love that John Clayton one best:)

  3. More examples of your beautiful work. I can't pick a favourite; just in awe of your skills and of anyone else who can sew and embroider (and enjoy it!).

  4. Wow ! Royal Doulton made in Thailand, that's really special, lol ! It seems to me you have a lot of work you are certainly not the only one being a fan of the Royals !

  5. That figurine is really lovely...these days people are becoming very adept at copying the way ceramics were done in England.
    I doubt if you are alone in working on Royalty embroideries; there are so many kits out there, they wouldn't be selling them if they weren't popular. I'm not stitching any - I've given all mine to you - LOL!
    The portrait of the Queen is exquisite - it is one of the finest cross stitch versions of a photo I've ever seen.

  6. Bought the Queen Elizabeth piece on Ebay today. Can't wait!!