A day late because I haven't been keeping up with my reading.
Trite as it may be, a is for alphabet. Because I've stitched a ton of them. Some without the letter j or u. Because that's how the schoolgirl's stitched them. You knew if the i or the v was a vowel or a consonant by its position in the word. I'm sure foreigners learning English are glad we decided to stop the double duty because English is difficult enough to learn.See these samplers? Three of them are Sekas designs and the 4th - bottom left is my own version following their designs. Funny when I started these, I didn't pay any attention to the fact they weren't all the same size. LOL. The white one with the moon that you can barely see is bigger. Bothers me to no end.
Anyway, these used to hang in my dining room along with several other samplers. And once when my in-laws were visiting and they had old friends stop by, the wonderful gentleman said, "Donna, I have just one question for you. Do you think you finally know your alphabet?" I still think of him fondly.
And yes. I know my alphabet.
But a can be for other things. Like Assisi.
I did this dragonfly a few years ago for my contribution to a thank you gift for our EGA guild president. My own design.
And a can be for Amadeus. Like Jean Hilton's Amadeus stitch.
Jean Hilton was a fantastic designer of counted canvas. She did some fascinating stitch diagrams that are like converting string art to needlepoint.
So feel free to go search for the info on The Alphabet Club. You'll find that Jo at Serendipitous Stitching and Chiara at The Grey Tail are behind this.