Not Your Grandmother's Samplers...


When you think of samplers, I'm guessing this is the kind of thing that comes to mind. Cross stitch in days of yore, whilst pretty in a folksy sort of way, isn't going to get the modern stitcher all a-flutter.

As a champion of all thing cross stitch, I've been thinking about this a lot recently. So many people think of this awesome little craft as something stuffy that old ladies do! Not so! There are hosts of amazing designers who are using their boundless creativity to turn this notion on its head. 

Check out these bad boys. I bet you'll never think samplers are dull again...

http://andthenshewaslike.tumblr.com

"When Someone Asks If You're a God, Say Yes!"
A Ghostbusters sampler? Er... yes please!


http://etsy.me/1rYb1jD

Oh I Do Love to Be Beside the Seaside by Stitchrovia
This one is seriously tempting me and could very well be one of my next projects. Seriously lovely.
And it's on sale at the moment for £9.99!


http://thefrostedpumpkinstitchery.bigcartel.com

Once Upon a Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
These ladies are the absolute queens of kawaii cross stitch. The super cool twist here is that each panel is a surprise! If you sign up, a new panel will be emailed you on the 1st of the month.


http://etsy.me/WLEQZy
Superhero Alphabet Sampler by weelittlestitches
Samplers don't have to be flowery and girly. This one kicks ass!


Feeling inspired to pick up your needle? I know I am! 
Do you have a favourite sampler pattern you can share?