And guess what? Some of the stitches were actually put in at a farm once owned by Beatrix herself, Yew Tree Farm which is a B&B, tearoom and working farm. I am a very lucky girl and as you can see below we went for a weekend break to the Lake District specifically to visit the original Beatrix Sampler at Hill Top! It was absolutely wonderful to see the original, hard for me to convey, but very special. When I was there I was thinking about all of you stitching away right now, all over the world, on all the beautiful reproductions. Some more details at my blog.
It is well worth a visit, this is my first Needleprint reproduction sampler, but I have some others lined up, don't we all?! If you get a chance to visit the originals of any samplers you are working on I would definately recommend it, it sent shivers down my spine!