Prairie Schooler “A Prairie Year I” 1986 OOP
I did this little chart at the same time as last year’s Christmas ornaments, but haven’t decided just what to do with it yet. That’s the trouble with cross stitch, there are so many pretty patterns that I want to do, but not enough time to find uses for them all.
Back when I used to collect Santa figures (which I don’t anymore, as I have around 200 of them and that’s more than enough!) I also used to collect the annual Prairie Schooler Santa charts. These four fellows made a nice grouping, I thought. Click on the image for a larger view.
My sister and I both love craft shops and when I visited her we used to frequent The Primitive Sampler, a needlework store in Frederick, MD now long since closed. Sis still sends me patterns she picks up from time to time on her travels, the sweetie. I lost the pattern for the Sunflower Santa in my last move eight years ago though, which is sad as he’s out of print now and I’ve always wanted to stitch another one of him.
These two samplers hang one above the other on a wall in my dining room. I stitched them in the early 1990’s and they are my favorite of all the projects I have ever done! Clicking on the image gives a closer view.
Years ago I stitched the quilt-style design on the right as an insert for the lid of the natural finish wooden box shown. I found the finished product charming so I’ve kept it in my living room ever since. But I goofed when I was preparing the one on the left. I had been planning to use the design for an ornament but for some reason I started it on 18-count Aida instead of 14-count, meaning it would be much too small when done. I finished it anyway and used it in the lid of another smaller box which I had received as a present. Bee motifs are a favorite of mine. 🙂
For Christmas 2008 I stitched a variety of small Prairie Schooler patterns on pieces of 14-, 18-, and 22-count scrap Aida cloth and finished them as tree ornaments. All of pillow backs were cut from medium-weight dark green cotton cloth, and I used silky green cording for the hanging loops. I secured the reverse of the stitching and attached cotton batting cut to fit to stabilize the backs. After stitching the little pillows together on the sewing machine I turned and stuffed them with polyfill, ladder-stitching closed the small gap I used for stuffing.
Prairie Schooler Book No. 24 “Prairie Birds” Junco
This Prairie Schooler pattern started out as a gift for a friend, but I got delayed by carpal tunnel problems and missed completing it in time. So instead I inserted the finished work into a glass-topped serving tray until I can get or make a suitable frame in just the right size.
This was stitched on 18-count Aida cloth and the finished size was only 4.25″ x 4.25″, so I’m planning on making a 6″ x 6″ (insert size) frame. Prairie Schooler is my all-time favorite cross stitch designer.