I rather like this Happy and Glorious sampler for the Queen's diamond jubilee (probably because it's the kind of one you can do in bits - a crown here, a word there, some bunting... reminds me a bit of antique spot samplers).
It's from Riverdrift House in Suffolk, designed by Amanda Stevenson. It is described thus: "Best quality materials include white 14 count Zweigart Aida fabric, Anchor 6-stranded embroidery threads, clear chart, instructions and a gold-plated needle.Size of finished embroidery approx 25 cm / 10 inches square."
As yet I haven't seen a stitched example: this looks to be based on a computer-generated chart.
This one isn't on their website when I last checked [see update below] - it turned up on eBay. Maybe they're testing the market? It's very much 'in style' with their other samplers. They have some rather nice souvenir ones for various British towns eg. Felixstowe, Cumbria, Aldeburgh, Cotswolds and (unsurprisingly) Suffolk. They use nice colours - some muted, some brighter - and attractive modern/vintage fonts. Here is their eBay user page: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/riverdrifthouse/ which will link you to their current sale items. As of today they are offering it in both a bidding scenario and a buy-it-now scenario. They do post outside the UK (you can also buy direct from their website).
On their new design page they indicate their plans for other jubilee samplers: "Next on the board are the new designs for the DIAMOND JUBILEE, still to be finalised - but you can expect a set of FOUR square, each featuring one of the Royal Residences, lots of crowns and corgis - on 14 count. Then we will put the four together to make a more substantial Sampler to stitch on 18 count, for a lovely piece of heirloom stitching... "
None of which sounds like this one, as I can't see a royal residence... still, I think this is my favourite so far of the commercial cross stitch sampler designs for the diamond jubilee. Maybe the category killer?
It has a feel of Jacqui Pearce's very popular Will and Kate wedding sampler that was in Cross Stitcher magazine. Nodding to vintage and traditions, while being unashamedly modern.
my blog entry about 2011 wedding samplers. They seem to be out of kits now, but seem to still have the sampler pattern available for download. The magazine, Cross Stitcher issue 238 Spring 2011, turns up from time to time on eBay; so does the pattern as pages taken from the magazine. You can also buy the full issue on Zinio as a digital download full colour copy to read on your computer or tablet/iPad (Zinio has a website at zinio.com or you can download the app to your tablet/iPad and buy from within the app. That single issue is $AU5.49 for the digital download as of December 2011).
I'm documenting diamond jubilee designs as I find them. If you know of others, please do let me know by leaving a comment. All these entries are tagged with jubilee so you can find them via the tags as well as the search button (top left of the screen).
If you're a shop or designer with a design I haven't documented here as yet, please do get in touch. I'd like this to be as comprehensive a record as possible.
Happy New (Diamond Jubilee) Year!
3 January 2012 UPDATE:
The Riverdrift design is now listed on their website:
Diamond Jubilee Square Sampler Kit
Counted Cross Stitch Square Sampler Kit
Riverdrift House New Designs information:
Riverdrift House News page: