**WARNING: Instructions for the seaweed are incomplete, and still in progress!**
Samplers don't have to be cross stitched alphabets. It's been ages since I had the attention span to do cross stitch (I was 8 the last time, I believe).
Samplers are lovely when they display a few different embroidery stitches. I was looking at some stitches a couple months ago, and thought a lot of them reminded me of organic, growing shapes. Different stitches can make great leaves, vines, flowers, or seaweed.
When I first tried some crewel type embroidery... a few months ago, I think...
I originally had grand plans of making a comprehensive, modern, elegant stitch sampler. I looked up a bunch of stitches (I found a GREAT resource here, by the way: http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/reference/pictu... ), drew some lines on some fabric, embroidered a few... and then put down the embroidery to stop a kid from squashing banana into the carpet.
This sampler only shows a few stitches. It doesn't take too long... so that works for me.