I recently stumbled upon the Sunday Mystery Sampler which was a stitch along on the Plum Street Samplers blog back in 2015. I'm really taken with this Twelve Days of Christmas design and have decided to stitch it myself.
Obviously, the stitch along finished a very long time ago but I know that quite a few of my readers cross stitch and I wondered if any of you fancy stitching along with me. I'm not going to set myself any targets, I shall just stitch at my own pace and if any of you do decide to join me, you can stitch at your own pace too. I thought it might be quite fun to keep each other company on this project.
I've started getting my supplies ready. I was going to stitch on 32 count Belfast linen - Vintage Country Mocha.
After thinking about this, I've changed my mind and I'm going to use the same colour - Vintage Country Mocha, but on 32 count Murano Lugana. I prefer an evenweave fabric to linen, and as this is going to be a large piece I've decided to stick with what I like best. The Belfast linen will be used for some smaller projects in the future.
Only four colours are required for this sampler: red, green, gold and black. I had a look at the colours in the DMC range and I've gone for 498, 367, 782 and 310. I think they should look quite Christmassy together. You can go along with what I've chosen too if you like, or choose whatever takes your fancy.
I'm stitching the sampler as one large piece so the stitch count is 237w x 166h. It can be stitched as twelve separate ornaments though and in this case, the stitch count of each piece is 60w x 56h.
If you want to see how big the finished piece will be, depending on the count of your fabric, you can use the Cross Stitch Calculator on the Yarn Tree website. You just need to enter the stitch count, 237 x 166 if you intend stitching as one piece, or 60 x 56 if you intend stitching twelve seperate ornaments, and enter the fabric count that you're going to use, click Calculate Size and it will tell you how large the stitched area will be and what size your fabric should be.
All the charts are printed on the Plum Street Samplers blog but to make things easier, I've put links to each of the charts here.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Layout.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day One.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Two.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Three.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Four.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Five.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Six.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Seven.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Eight.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Nine.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Ten.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Eleven.
Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Twelve.
If you want to read more about the original stitchalong you can find all the details on posts on Plum Street Samplers blog during October, November and December of 2015.
I do hope some of you will join me in stitching this sampler, I'm very excited to get started and I hope you will be too. Don't forget to let me know in the comments if you intend to stitch along with me.
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