I got my package! I can’t believe how it made the rounds just to get here. This small package made a lot of stops before it landed in my hands.
Anyway, a couple of months ago, my cousin sent me an email and asked me to stitch a birth sampler for her second child (a girl). I had stitched one for her first child (a boy), and she wanted each of them to have a memento.
I told her I’d be happy to stitch something up for her. I’d check through my stash to see if I had any charts I could use. I asked what her preference was, and she mentioned that she’d like butterflies or ballerinas. I checked my stash and didn’t have either, so I hit the internet to see what I could find.
I came across THE cutest ballerina charts, but quickly learned that they were OOP. So, I sharpened my Google search skills and managed to track down the booklets. I found one booklet in Singapore, and I found the other two in the US.
So, without further ado, here’s what I’ll be stitching for my cousin’s daughter’s birth announcement:
Each booklet contains approximately ten designs. Obviously, I won’t be stitching all of them, but I have a wide range to choose from. The plan is to stitch a ballerina on the left, the name, birth date, etc., in the middle, and a ballerina on the right. So, two ballerinas in total.
The cross-stitch online shop I used for my US finds was Cross Stitch Stash. I have to take a moment to comment on the customer service. I received nothing but absolute attentiveness and helpfulness from the moment I made my inquiry. At the time, the booklets were listed, but not in stock. Cross Stitch Stash replied in a timely manner, and I was kept in the loop during the entire time it took to source the books. I would highly recommend you checking out the shop if you’re looking for OOP or vintage charts.
I do have a piece of 32-ct antique white linen and a piece of 32-ct cream linen. I will most likely stitch on either one of these; however, I’m waiting to see if Cross Stitch Expressions has any opalescent fabric I can use.