The Chequerboard House

Hands Across the Sea Samplers are excited to announce the second sampler in their series of Little Gems. These are samplers that are available via .pdf downloads. We hope you enjoy The Chequerboard House.

The sampler is suitable for needle workers of all abilities and has been charted so that it can be stitched on linen or Aida.  The model was stitched with a beautiful palette of silks from Au Ver a Soie. A conversion for DMC has been included within the thread legend.
Please visit our website for further information, click HERE 

A free “how-to” video whilst we are in isolation

A look at stem stitch. This video is one of 11 that form the online workshop for Esther Benson 1739, a sampler that was reproduced exclusively for Sassy Jacks Stitchery. The workshop takes you through all the stitches required to complete this particularly beautiful sampler.

Whilst we are in isolation the video on stem stitch is available free of charge to view. Let us make use of our downtime to learn new skills, have some fun and go on an adventure with our needlework.



A special finish

I want to share with you a VERY SPECIAL version of the Bristol Orphanage sampler “Louisa Coulimore”. A version that has filled my heart and one that I will cherish. 

I always say in my talks and workshops to stop and really study a sampler and it will whisper to you. Please stop and look at Louisa and see all the extra special touches then read what Barb has said about her sampler below.

“Rarely does a day go by that I don’t hook rugs, knit, or most often, stitch. I rarely post  my work other than on specific group pages, but for several reasons I’m sharing this piece. The design, “Louisa Coulimore, a Bristol Orphanage Sampler”  from the design studios of Hands Across the Sea Samplers comes with the story of the Muller Orphanage and specifically, the life story of Louisa Coulimore. Louisa’s childhood and mine are more different than alike, but like her, my earliest childhood was lived in an orphanage and I have added some of my personal information to my sampler, making it more special to me. 

Thank you, Nicola Parkman for this amazing design, and special thanks to Patti Nicolosi, By My Hand Needewerks for your perfection framing.

And to my stitchy friends seeing this, I stitched over two on 40 count with my personal information done over one on Lakeside Vintage Pearled Barley linen with GA Rose Garden.” – Barb Albrecht

With grateful thanks to Patti Nicolosi of By My Hand Needl’werks for allowing us to use her photograph. 

More information about Louisa can be found HERE.


Best in Show

Jane Banister 1855 stitched by Kim Dalziel

Huge congratulations to Kim Dalziel on not only winning first prize in her class, but for going on to win best exhibit for needlework and then the ultimate win of Best in Show at the Berwick Show in Australia.

For more information about Jane Bannister please visit her webpage HERE

A guest post by Tim Parsley

In typical Australian style, the weather has moved from fire to flood with no decent respite in between for emergency crews.

On the 1st February 2020, mother nature took one last swipe with fire, releasing a raging wildfire which would move the better part of 6 km within 18 hours and present a significant containment challenge for crews in a landscape that had been baked completely dry. So dry even the gum trees were starting to give up.

With the fire being in the Wentworth Falls area, the brigade played a significant role in its management over the next few days up until the arrival of the rain. Not just a little bit of rain, biblical rain.

Australia is a land of drought and flooding rain, and this year was no exception.

In the same town where we were chasing a running wildfire a week earlier, we were suddenly helping members of the community clear fallen trees from their properties, unblock overflowing  drains and prevent drivers from travelling through flood waters. 400mm+ of rainfall within the space of 3 days to be specific, the most Sydney has seen in a single event for the last 2 decades. An immense amount of rain in an already distressed landscape meant flash flooding, landslides and problems at the other end of the scale for us.