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UFO Finished - Ann Clair's Pinks

I have a new finished sampler.  I purchased the kit many years ago at a White Elephant Sale.

Someone had started stitching it and then gave up.  I discovered some of the flowers were in the wrong spot but didn't worry about it.  My goal was to get it stitched and I did.  Then I just let it sit in a drawer for years.  I wasn't sure what to do with it.  Then I came across a frame that it fit into so it can finally be enjoyed. 

I would never have picked this frame from a selection of frames.  It seems to be too close to the linen color.  But since I had it anyway I used it.  Now that it is hanging on the wall, I really like the way it fits in the frame and can't imagine another frame.

The pattern came from Ellen Nell - Needlework Desgin Source and is called Ann Clair's Pinks Element Sampler.  It was adapted from a Sampler by Ann Clair Tinges dated 1798.  According to the documentation Ann was 8 years old when she stitched her sampler.  In the real sampler, the flowers form a vine border around a saying and a house.  Across the top is giant eagle with wings spread. 

I will say that taking the flowers from the vine and arranging them in a squarish pattern was a great way to adapt an old design for modern stitching.  I am always looking at the way other designers put designs together and this was a clever solution.

As it turns out I will be at another White Elephant Sale tomorrow so the patten and instructions will be donated so someone else can enjoy the pattern.  However, they will need to get their own linen and floss.

Meanwhile, I've been doing very well at completely finishing everything I've started recently.  But I still have an ongoing goal of getting the many projects I've finished stitching complete finished.  Hopefully I'll have more to show at some time.


  1. Just came across your blog whilst blog-hopping. What a pretty little piece of stitching, it is good to finish off something you have had for a while, I am trying to do the same with some of my work this year. kind regards, Shirley


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