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Twelve Days Sampler and Ornaments # 112

“On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..."

Celebrate the song we all know as 12 Days of Christmas! There are actually thirteen distinct motifs in this design which lends itself to being finished as a long bellpull although you can also frame it of course! All motifs plus the Hardanger Heart can be made into various shaped ornaments to decorate a special tree at Christmas. The words are usually sung as a carol. However, some have suggested that it is a poem of Christian instruction dating to the 16th century religious wars in England, with hidden references to the basic teachings of the Faith. Many of the symbols of Christianity were not originally religious, including even the present date of Christmas, but were appropriated by Christians from the culture at the time a way to worship and proclame their beliefs secretly. Now, when you hear what you once thought was a secular song, you will also be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas! Enjoy stitching this favorite carol.. ! :) - Thea

Symbolism of “Twelve Days of Christmas”
1 True Love refers to God, The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Drummers Drumming refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Pipers Piping refers to the ten commandments
11 Ladies Dancing refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Lords A-leaping refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

About the Sampler

Design Area:
44w x 394h (3.1” Wide x 28.1” High) Model: 28ct Raw Linen Cashel Linen: (Cut fabric: 9’ x 34” for framing OR 8 “ x 33” for bellpull)

#112P Twelve Days
MAIN Accessory Pack
There are enough materials to stitch the long sampler including the thirteen ornaments!

1 - 16M Spool of Access Soie Perlee #blanc - white (twisted silk thread)

Gloriana #072A “Sierra Haze Lt.” - blues, tans lt - 1yd 
GA Sampler Threads “Sable” mutli brown, black - 2yd Kreinik Mori #0103 - flesh  - 2yd
Kreinik Mori #6123 - purple lt  - 1.5yd
Kreinik Mori #4214 - olive green lt  - 1yd
Kreinik Mori #8050 - black  - 3yd
Needlepoint Inc. #0126 - brick red dk - 12d

Gloriana silk #115 “Topiary” - multi green, red, gold, purple  - 1yd
Gloriana silk #116 “Olive Grove” - multi greens  - 2yd
Kreinik Mori #6126 - purple dk  - 1yd
Kreinik #4 Braid #002HL - metallic gold  - 7yd
Access Au ver a Soie #4633 pink lt  - 1yd
Needlepoint Inc. #0925 - blue dk  - 1yd
Needlepoint Inc. #0972 - olive taupe lt - 2yd

 Caron Collection Waterlilies #155 “Steel” - multi steel blues  - 1.5yd
Gloriana silk #045 “Lacquered Gold” - multi - 1.5yd
Kreinik Mori #4216 - olive green dk  - 3.5yd
Access Au ver a Soie #4626 - garnet dk - 2yd
Needlepoint Inc. #0932 - antique rose dk - 1yd
Needlepoint Inc. #991B - white  - 6yd
Needlepoint Inc. #0974 - olive taupe dk
  - 5.5yd
Mill Hill petite bead #40557 - gold
SJ Designs petite bead #1818 - clear silver
SJ Designs petite bead #18116 - red
SJ Designs petite bead #18104 - dusty rose
SJ Designs petite bead #1887 - aspen green
SJ Designs 3x6 oval pearl bead - white
SJ Designs 2mm pearl beads - white
Access size A spangle - gold -15

Extra Materials Needed:

Evenweave Linen Fabric - Zweigart
28ct Raw Linen Cashel:
DMC#12 Perle Cotton - #642 (for finishing) 
DMC#12 Perle Cotton - White

Stitches used in this Sampler:
  • Cross Stitch over two
  • Cross Stitch over one
  • Backstitch
  • Satin Stitch
  • Lazy Daisy
  • Beadwork
  • French Knots
  • Double Leviathan   
  • Closed Herringbone 
  • Arrowhead Stitch
  • Crossed Crosses 
  • Elongated Cross
  • Double Levaithan Stitch
  • Tied Cross
  • English Stitch  
  • Four Sided Stitch
  • Elongated Cross
  • Algerian Eyelet
  • Foliage Stitch
  • Double Cross
  • Flat Stitch 
  • Cloud Filling 
  • Flower Stitch
  • Half Rhodes
  • Modified Bosnia 
  • Broad Cross 
  • Klosters  
  • Woven Bars
  • Dove's Eyes
  • Knit Stitch 
  • Diamond Eyelet 
  • Expanded Ray
  • Upright Cross
  • Tied Oblong Cross
  • Herringbone
  • Fancy Stitch
  • Ray Stitch
  • Pinwheel Stitch
  • Tied Cross


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