mr. america sampler

mr. america sampler


My mom's cat was named Mr. America (from the shelter) and I loved him like my own. He inspired this design and the rolling countryside around. It's a fun one with lots of places to try new stitches and change colors.

Design printed in pale blue measures 9.5 x 7" and the 100% cotton panel measures roughly 14 x 12". Just place it in a hoop, choose your own colors and stitches to fill in the design as you wish. (This listing is for an unstitched print on cotton. You will need your own tools, floss and a few basic stitches like the back stitch. All my samplers are offered as unguided experiments in color and stitch preference. It does not include thread or stitch instructions.)

I framed mine with cotton fabrics (including pieces from an old shirt I loved!) and will probably turn it into a pillow one of these days. The idea is to enjoy the little decisions along the way and have a good time playing with thread.

**** You can use any embroidery floss.

I use perle cotton because it's just my preference. Some of the DMC perle cotton size 8 colors I used are:
900 coral
783 gold
726 lemon yellow
320 greenieblue
503 robin's egg blue
950 dirty pink
602 hot pink
580 leafy green
524 pale blue green
57 vairiegated pink red
840 coffee
919 rusty red
3348 light green

**** My favorite stitches are back stitch for outlines, satin stitch for filling in, running stitch (and double running), daisy stitch, couching, feather stitch (aka goose tracks) and french knots. Sometimes I go back and weave another color through a stitch like the running stitch. Experiment - find the ones you love too.

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