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And now for something a little different! Of course DebBee’s Designs is noted for counted canvas work, but did you know I also design other things? Many are surprised to discover that, but I have always done counted cross stitch designs, specialty stitch designs on fabric and Hardanger. I’ve even dabbled in punch needle!

Last summer my daughter and son-in-law went to India on a mission trip. My daughter brought back a tea towel with the sentiment “Home is Where Mom Is”. I thought it was absolutely lovely of her to bring me the towel, but I also thought, what a great thing to put on a sampler!

I picked a few, easy specialty stitches – Rhodes, Smyrna cross, queen stitch and satin stitch – for dividing bands in the sampler. Cross stitch vines and flowers with back stitch leaves form the border. I included 2 alphabets, one large and one smaller, for those who want to change the sentiment (for instance, Home Is Where Nana Is). And the sampler is offered in 2 sizes (in the same leaflet), one oblong, one square. I’m showing the square one in a box from Patches n’ Planks.

I stitched the models on 32 ct. Lakeside Linens Exemplar over 2. The Belfast 32 ct. was new for me; I usually use 28 ct. And, it was the first time I’d used Lakeside Linens. I stitched the models with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, and included DMC alternates on the charts.

I hope you like my venture into sampler land! It probably won’t be the last time you see something like this, I’m already working on new designs on fabric.