The 2019 Queen of the May ~ Lucy Navier 1818

Each year Hands Across the Sea Samplers publishes a sampler which we consider to be not only beautiful but outstandingly so and worthy to be crowned our Queen of the May. We are pleased to offer to you (EARLY DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND) Lucy Navier 1818 our Queen of the May for the year 2019 presented in a limited edition 60 page booklet in full colour with an extensive stitch guide.

For further information please visit Lucy’s webpage

“Reproducing Lucy’s sampler has been an exciting and epic journey shared with an amazing needle worker who I have the greatest respect for. My grateful thanks go to Bethany Gallant for every stitch she has exquisitely executed and her patience with me as I reproduced Lucy’s tiny stitches of which there were many!” ~ Nicola Parkman

The 2019 Nashville Needlework Market – 4 new releases

We wanted to share with you the new Hands Across the Sea Samplers’ releases for the 2019 Nashville Needlework Market.

The magnificent Elizabeth Weston reproduced and stitched by my dear friend Sandra Moffitt – CLICK HERE


The sweet Ann Ogden 1844 which has been lovingly stitched by Melissa Heuer Coyle for Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Thank you Melissa I enjoyed every second working with you and I know how much of your heart you poured into Ann – CLICK HERE

The sweet Martha James 1844 with her adorable carefree scene that tugs at my heart – CLICK HERE

And last but not least my last travelling project Eliza Knight. We sailed/flew many miles together in October 2018 – CLICK HERE


All four designs are available now for pre-order from your local/online needlework store or from the Hands Across the Sea Samplers’ website.

We hope that there is a little something for everyone and the four designs are suitable for all levels of ability.

ENJOY and let your store know to order your copy.

Christina’s finish

In August of this year I was so fortunate to be able to meet up with Christina at The Attic Needlework’s Summer School in Arizona. Christina was busy stitching Jane Vaughan, a band sampler from Hands Across the Sea Samplers’ portfolio of reproductions.

Christina has now finish Jane and I would like to share her beautiful finish with you.

Congratulations Christina your Jane is stunning.

A Giveaway

We are having a giveaway of an antique sampler – Sarah Powell


The giveaway is for those stitching Jane Banister 1855 through the stitch-a-along sponsored by Linen and Threads. This S-A-L will begin on 1st January 2019, with giveaways throughout the year from Linen and Threads, and culminating in a draw for Sarah. To be entered into the giveaway draw for the sampler, you need to post regular updates of your progress on Jane Banister throughout the year and post a photo of your finished sampler by Midnight 31st December 2019. The Facebook group can be accessed HERE


If you are not on Facebook you can email Hands Across the Sea Samplers to post your progress and finish photos on your behalf. Charts can be purchased HERE but many stores throughout the world have Jane in stock together with the linen and threads for stitching her.

Cats !!

To celebrate Hands Across the Sea Samplers’ 3rd birthday and our love of cats we are releasing a new sampler.

Jane’s beautiful Welsh sampler is a delight for the eye, the more you look at her the more you will see! With a wonderful palette of 32 colours Jane filled her sampler with traditional Welsh motifs contained within a stunning floral border. Roses, lilies and convolvulus in full bloom graciously sweep around this beautiful sampler.  Jane diligently stitched pretty vases of flowers such as Ragged Robins from the Lychnis family, and Auriculas in the Primula family, two sailings ships, birds and butterflies abound, and two beautiful bowls of fruit.

The moment we saw Jane’s cats we knew that Hands Across the Sea Samplers had to reproduce this sampler for ailurophiles to stitch. Cats appear in two scenes. To the bottom left a cat quietly watches two “merchs fach” (young girls) contemplate their day but it is at the bottom right where they really make their presence known.  Two very large silver tabbies are seen frolicking with a ball in the garden. For us they are the highlight of this wonderful sampler.


For more information please click HERE or a video can be viewed below


Announcing a February Stitch-a-Long

The latest newsletter from The Attic Needleworks has been published today. Jean has announced a new SAL for Mary Clayton.
This is what Jean says:
“I wanted to schedule this for January, but knowing the difficulty we have had in gathering supplies, with the Holidays only weeks away and lots of suppliers’ closures, we will begin on February 1. With the purchase of the $133 kit (chart, 37ct linen with 3”+ borders, and Au Ver A’Soie silk) and if you complete this sweet quick-to-stitch sampler by April 1, you will receive a 20% custom-frame discount and you will be eligible for a drawing to have your sampler framed for free by our very talented framer at The Attic, Sandy.
We are kitting this with Au Ver A’Soie silks and 37ct Legacy Linen, a beautiful new linen that we’ve fallen in love with and we think that you’re going to love it as well! If you want the 52/60 linen”
Are you going to join in?
Click HERE for the newsletter.