Beryl's Blessings

(All proceeds of the sale of this design go to Macmillan Cancer Care).


This beautiful Hardanger sampler was inspired by my Mother, who has been battling a rare cancer condition for the past seven years with incredible bravery and fortitude. 

This is an ideal first-sampler for those learning the technique, and it can be worked on 22ct Hardanger or 28ct or 32ct evenweave/linen.  You are encouraged to choose your own colour scheme, using Perle threads, stranded cottons, metallics, and a smattering of seed beads to add 'sparkle'.  The finished piece can be framed or hung as a bell-pull.

All stitches are diagrammed and very clearly explained.

Each motif in the sampler represents a 'blessing' from my Mother's life - the heart dominates, representing the tremendous love she still gives, despite all she has been through.  The two tulip shapes under the heart represent her long marriage to my Father (they celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary in 2012).  The diamond represents her unerring support and wisdom, and the four tulips around it represent her own four children, all turned to her, as we do in life.  The central Greek Cross surrounded by 'angel wings' is for those precious loved-ones she has lost.  The ten stars are her Grand-children, with smaller 'snowflakes' to show Great-Grandchildren to come . . although since this design was originally worked, two Great-Grandchildren have already arrived!

The soft 'green-grey' colour of the model was chosen as it is the same colour as a large chunk of the precious gem beryl, which my Father gave as a gift to my Mother many years ago - but of course you can choose to work the sampler in any colour you wish.

My Mum is my hero - and I have dedicated all proceeds from the sale of this design to Macmillan, a charity which has been simply wonderful to both my parents throughout her illness.  We know without them we would not have got through the worst times.  You can find out more about the incredible work Macmillan do, and/or make a donation, at:

Macmillan Cancer Care

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