This morning it was back to the chicken scratch sampler. I was left with four corners to work on after the ribbon borders had been machine stitched into place. I put in a little heart motif in this corner. The outside of the cross stitch border was whipped with a contrasting thread and then the empty squares were outlined in straight stitch.
This is one of my favourite corners. Upright crosses were worked over the normal cross stitch, then using white thread, loops were created around the centre to form a "flower".
On this corner, links were simply made by looping around the points of the crosses.
At the four corners of the inner square, I attached clear bowl shaped buttons with a green bead in the centre. On the outer square, four square buttons were attached.This is the sampler in it's entirety and I am planning on making it into a wall hanging. Details of the other blocks can be found http://loopylousadventuresintohandicrafts.blogspot.com/2009/01/stich-explore-chicken-scratch.html and http://loopylousadventuresintohandicrafts.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-chicken-scratch.html.
I'm now looking forward to seeing what is chosen for next month