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August 6, 2010

The Family Sampler!


The Family Sampler
Well here it is. . . . finally!  The Family Sampler is what we are calling a "stitcher participation chart".  I made that up but it completely tells the story.  When you get your packet, the area where the large initial is placed, the established date, the people and the full name area will be blank.  Everything else will be where you see it.  I plan to offer some tips and help along the way but after reading your instructions I don't know if you'll need me at all.  That's a good thing.  But for those of you that want help, Vonna at "The Twisted Stitcher" blog will be providing a little help with the calculations along with visuals.  She has been hard at work testing our directions and stitching the design for her family.

Now here are the issues I want you to think about before making your purchase.  1.)  If you have a hyphenated name it simply won't fit unless you find a creative way to insert it in the initial box in the upper left corner.  2.)  Not all names will fit the surname line with the selected alphabet.  However you can choose to use the smaller alphabet that appears at the bottom of the chart itself.  3.  If you have more than four children and two adults, you will need to remove the two blossoms on the bottom of the tree OR leave the adults off and showcase the kids.  More children than that and they just won't fit.  You'll have to use names only and fill in the space that way.

With all of that said, there is yet another choice for this design.  You can if you choose, stitch it for the generation that puts you in the position of the child and your parents take the role of the adults.  Just think ahead to what you want to do with it.

This design was worked on for over two years.  During that time I came up with better ways to make this a chart that you could love and cherish for years and years.  It's not perfect for every family and I know that but I did the best I could.  Finally I had to admit that I would not be able to please everyone so don't be mad if yours is the family that won't work.  I TRIED!  I will be putting the actual back cover on my web site soon so you can read the details and instructions.

So with that said, these charts will start appearing in your stores right around the first of September but I knew you were waiting for the reveal so I posted it without further delay!

Have a nice weekend!
Diane

33 comments:

  1. Love this new family chart. Great job!

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  2. It's stunning! I MUST have it!

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  3. I'm another that MUST have it! It's beautiful, Diane! I'm adding it to my wish list now!

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  4. Darn it! I just can't keep up. I definitely will get this one for my stash.

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  5. What a great idea. It makes everybody's piece an heirloom. Terrific! I can't wait to try this one.

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  6. Oh, this is such a great idea! It wouldn't work for me because of divorce and me going back to my maiden name and my kids having their father's name, but I could certainly stitch this up for my kids when they start having their own families. Great idea!

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  7. Hi Diane - my first time to your blog. Can you tell me if this new chart will be available in Australia or can I purchase it online through LHN? Blessings!

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  8. I love it! Can't wait to get this pattern and stitch it. Now, do I move it up in front of all the other patterns of yours I have that I want to stitch? :0)
    I love your designs.
    Happy stitching,
    Annette

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  9. I love it! I will have to have that one

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  10. To Bee Jay. . . . .the chart should most definitely reach Australia since there are shops there that carry our designs. Put in a special request ahead of time! But no, we do not sell direct to the public.
    Diane
    LHN

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  11. Diane it is a beauty and I knew it from the very first time I laid eyes upon it :)

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  12. Oh, Diane! I love it and I will have it as soon as it hits the shops! This is going to be such a fun stitch...placement, personalizing hair color, etc. Thank you so much for such a wonderful design! ~Katrina

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  13. Oh Diane, this is going to be such a fun chart to personalize. As a blended family I'm going to have to think about how I want to stitch this one. Thank you so much for the time and attention you have put into this one. It's wonderful!

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  14. You know I absolutely love it! :)

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  15. Beautiful Family Sampler! Thank you very much for such a warm and cozy cross stitch chart!

    Hugs from Ukraine,
    Zlata

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  16. Really beautiful, great idea remember for the family!!! I surelly buy it!!!!

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  17. I love it Diane, such a great idea.

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  18. I absolutely love this Diane! What a wonderful piece and one that is going on my wish list :)

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  19. I also like it very much and will be quickly on my wish-list :-)
    Have a great week-end ,
    Isabelle

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  20. How can we wait until september???????

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  21. How wonderful!
    I am eager to see happen in France!
    Thank you much for all these wonders!
    Sincerely
    Magali

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  22. i love it!!!!!!Iulia

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  23. Your sampler is fantastic !!! and I´ll buy when available ...for my family ...
    All we know you work hard .... and we all understanding if some name don´t fit ... after all we are stitchers and can solve any problem !!

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  24. Oh I can't WAIT to order my chart! I LOVE THE WHOLE DESIGN!!! Great job Diane!!!

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  25. oh! j'adore!!!! Magnifique!

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  26. It's absolutely gorgeous!

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  27. I love it, Diane!

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  28. Wow!! It is beautiful!! No, you can't please everyone but that is so sweet of you for trying to make it work out. It's a wonderful pattern that will quickly become a family heirloom when it is finished!

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  29. thanks for your reply Diane. Can you give me the name/s of store who carry your designs in Sydney Australia? If none in Sydney - perhaps Australia wide? I want to place an order for this one to make sure I get it as soon as its available. Many thanks.

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  30. Anyone can check for shops in the US and elsewhere in the world by going to www.hoffmandis.com and clicking on the shop locator. Any shop listed can get this pattern for you.

    Happy Stitching!
    Diane

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  31. Thanks for the info Diane.I'll try that.

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane