I actually have a favorite Celtic or Irish piece of needlework. Even though there's not a drop of Irish blood on my side of the family, my parents took two trips to Ireland in the early 80's, and instantly fell in love with everything they saw. So whenever a stitched gift was in order, my choices were made easily.
So here's a photo of my favorite Irish piece. Since my stitching is hanging in my mother's house, I had to use this photo from Eileen Bennett's website. It's one of her Very Victorian series, called Shamrock Sampler. Specialty stitches, some delicate over one bands, a bit of pulled work...Clearly my eyes were much stronger 25 years ago because I enjoyed every minute of this sampler. Not that I wouldn't now - it would just require a much more lighting and magnification and some (self-inflicted) stress.
I want to answer the second part of the March Question, too. Although I don't have a family tree type sampler, I did stitch a family record years ago and it still hangs in my living room. I think I've shown it before. Its title is Guarnieri Sampler 111, published by Imaginating in 1983.
Not a very good photo, I know. But it has our wedding date and the kids' birthdays. I actually stitched and framed it before my daughter was born, then had the framer take it all apart so I could add her initials and birthday later. Don't ask me why I had it framed that early. It was silly to do it that way, but framing was so much less expensive back then and besides, you know I'm not very good at the whole delayed gratification thing.
We had several inches of snow yesterday, but now the sun is shining brightly and I can smell Spring in the air. Come on and get here already, Spring!