Here is my Snowflake Sampler. It is available for sale from http://www.patternsonline.com/
This time, instead of making up the snowflakes as I stitched, I drew them on graph paper. Since I wanted the snowflakes to be reproducible, it was much easier to graph them first and stitch them second.
The only thing I didn't design in advance was the bead placement. It's much easier deciding where they go on the actual stitched piece instead of a pictoral representation.
One of the hardest things about designing your own sampler is deciding on colors. I started with 2 doodles. One on off-white linen in light blues and one on lavender with white and darker blue snowflakes. It was a hard decision, but I finally decided to go with the off-white and light blues. The result is low-contrast snowflakes. I now think my model should have been in the higher contrast colors.
Whenever I decide to go with the safer colors I end up deciding that the wilder colors would have been better. Whenever I throw caution to the wind and start with the wilder colors, I often wish I had gone safer route. But, every once in a while I love my color choice and wouldn't do it any other way.
Here is my wilder color scheme. Actually, it's not all that wild. I turned it into an ornament. Which one do you like best? If I stitch them again, I want to find a dark blue linen and stitch them all in whites.