About Us

Hands Across The Sea Samplers is a design studio that was formed by two friends Nicola and Sandra. The studio specializes in reproducing fine antique samplers to the highest standards from Nicola’s personal collection of museum quality samplers. Whilst mainly English the collection is extensive and diverse, several have been exhibited and featured in reference books.

All our charts are produced in full colour and are graphed with both symbols and colour blocks for ease of reference. Our samplers are designed using Au Ver A Soie “Soie D’Alger” (AVAS) and a DMC conversion is provided. Our models are stitched predominantly on Lakeside Linens with AVAS silks.

Occasionally we have antique needlework for sale. 

At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers is a team of needleworkers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able share those samplers with you.


12227608_1163469383682410_8494798959868567507_nNicola Parkman lives in a beautiful little cove overlooking the sea in Cornwall, England. A magical place full of inspiration. Nicola collects antique needlework and is interested in 18th and early 19th century samplers and is especially drawn to beautiful borders and speciality stitches. 

“I am looking forward to making my favourite antique samplers available for others to stitch”


Sandra Moffitt lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia and is surrounded by its world acclaimed National Park. An area known for its stunning beauty. Sandra loves all types of Needlework from the 18th and 19th Century. Schoolgirl Samplers are a great favourite and she enjoys working on samplers with a challenge.

“Hopefully along the way we’ll learn more about the creative young girls who originally stitched these samplers that we all love and the times that they were stitched”


Bethany Gallant now lives in Belleair, Florida with husband of 32 years and cat Cindy.
“I have been stitching samplers since 1984 and I especially love American and English samplers.  I am excited and honored to be a a part of Nicola’s and Sandra’s journey and I look forward to many years to come”.
Bhooma Aravamudan lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, the racing capital of the world. Bhooma loves various needlework. She is especially fascinated by band samplers with a variety of specialty stitches.

“I am looking forward to stitching the samplers I have in my stash as well as those I will be adding in future”.

Jacqueline Morris lives in the historic county of Sussex, England. At the foot of the beautiful South Downs National Park where history and culture surrounds her.

“I am interested in all types of early samplers and especially enjoy stitching quirky motifs and animals”.



Suzanne Sirotti lives at the foothills of the stunning World Heritage listed Blue Mountains along the picturesque Nepean River.

“I am mother to three active young children and my needlework is what keeps me sane. I love early 18th century English samplers and Adam & Eve themed samplers. I enjoy white work, hardanger and designs with specialty stitches”.

Leona Sweeney lives on the Darling Downs in Queensland, Australia. Leona will be working with Sandra and Suzanne in the Southern Hemisphere.

“I have many needlecraft interests, though my passion is for antique samplers and stitching reproductions. I have been fortunate enough to be able to stitch many reproduction samplers over the years and those that contain birds are a favourite. I have been asked many times by family “How many alphabets am I going to do?” As many as I can. It has been such an honour to be asked to stitch for HATS”.

Lisa Brown lives in a small town in the Northeast corner of the United States. I love all types of samplers but seem to be drawn to English samplers from the early 1800’s.

“I love taking a blank piece of linen and bringing it to life. Making that first stitch is a thrill that will never grow old. When I started stitching about 15 years ago I never imagined the passion I would develop for this little ‘hobby’ of ours”.

Veena Parrikar currently lives in Iceland with her husband. 

“With a simple act of moving needle and thread through fabric, I retreat into older times when life was unhurried. I especially enjoy samplers and primitive folk designs. Though I have many reproduction sampler charts in my collection, the ones I actually stitched have come to me from friends. I like to think that I do not choose the samplers I stitch; instead, through the invisible bonds shared by needlewomen, they choose me.”
Nicola, Sandra, Bethany, Bhooma, Jackie, Suzanne and Leona are all passionate about their needlework and look forward to sharing that passion with you.

Nicola was interviewed by the Fiber Talk Show and chatted about how she acquires samplers, the reproductions her company produces, how she researches the history of the girls who created the originals, and the interesting stories behind the samplers. You can listen to the interview HERE.