Amy’s delightful sampler depicts a wonderfully imaginative landscaped park with a velvet lawn, specimen fruit trees and shrubs together with a pinery flanking the terraces as they rise up to a classical temple. This young sampler maker has used her needle to create an ornamental pleasure ground so typical of the Georgian period. Wealthy landowners enclosed vast tracts of land to create huge landscaped parks, and those parks acted as a setting for grand houses. These country house estates were dotted with allegorical architectural elements such as grottoes, bridges, and follies. A folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration. 18th and 19th century English gardens often featured mock Roman temples, symbolising classical virtues, Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras.
Amy filled her sampler with giraffes, deer, squirrels, dogs, hares and an aviary of birds including owls, parrots, doves and partridges in pear trees. Butterflies, moths and bees can be found no doubt attracted to Amy’s garden by the lilies, tulips and roses that bloom profusely. This charming, idyllic scene is contained within a stylised carnation border. In the Georgian era objects of fascination and wonder were brought back from the far flung corners of the growing British Empire. Aristocrats created their own private menageries with which to entertain their guests, and menageries could be found in the parklands of the great houses such as Goodwood, Stowe and Woburn.
George IV established a menagerie in the Great Park at Windsor Castle. The showpiece of his collection was a female Nubian giraffe, or ‘cameleopard’, as they were sometimes called. The giraffe was a diplomatic gift from the Pasha of Egypt and arrived in London on August 11, 1827, along with several cows that provided her with milk. She was the first giraffe ever seen in England.
Several Amy Canns can be found in historical records. It is possible that our Amy was born in 1821 and can be found in the 1841 census return working as a servant to Charlotte Magann, a lady of independent means lodging in Northampton Street, Bath.
The sampler is stitched in cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch, four sided stitch, double running stitch and Algerian eyelets. Amy’s sampler has been rated as suitable for all levels. Within Amy’s booklet is a comprehensive stitching guide which includes stitch diagrams.
Amy Cann has been brought to you in collaboration with Lisa Brown who has lovingly stitched the model. At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers is a team of needleworkers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.
The sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger and the skein quantities calculated based on 1 strand on 36ct fabric. We have provided a conversion for DMC (based on 2 strands), and Needlepoint Inc. silks (based on 1 strand). The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Meadow Rue using Needlepoint Inc. silks.
NPI / Soie d’Alger / DMC
754 x 2 / 4622 x 2 / 223 x 2 ~ Shell pink – light
993 x 1 / Noir x 1 / 310 x 1 ~ Black
901 x 1 / 3741 x 1 / 422 x 1 ~ Hazel nut brown – light
646 x 1 / 1846 x 1 / 500 x 1 ~ Blue green – very dark
643 x 2 / 1845 x 2 / 501 x 3 ~ Blue green – dark
663 x 2 /1844 x 2 / 502 x 2 ~ Blue green
954 x 1 / 4535 x 1 / 611 x 1 ~ Drab brown
902 x 1 / 4534 x 1 / 612 x 1 ~ Drab brown – light
187 x 1 / 4124 x 1 / 838 x 1 ~ Beige Brown – very dark
913 x 1 / 4246 x 1 / 869 x 1 ~ Hazel nut brown – very dark
529 x 1 / 206 x 1 / 924 x 1 ~ Grey green – very dark
154 x 1 / 2757 x 1 / 926 x 1 ~ Grey green – medium
152 x 1 / 2756 x 1 / 927 x 1 ~ Grey green – light
131 x 2 / F08 x 2 / 3047 x 2 ~ Yellow beige – light
342 x 1 / 3715 x 1 / 3052 x 1 ~ Green grey – medium
The design area is 307 stitches (w) x 276 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.
28ct – Design: 21.93″ x 19.71″ Fabric: 27.93″ x 25.71″
32ct – Design: 19.19″ x 17.25″ Fabric: 25.19″ x 23.25″
36ct – Design: 17.06″ x 15.33″ Fabric: 23.06″ x 21.33″
40ct – Design: 15.35″ x 13.80″ Fabric: 21.35″ x 19.80″
The sampler is stitched in cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch, four sided stitch, double running stitch and Algerian eyelets. Amy’s sampler has been rated as suitable for all levels.
Cross Stitch is made up of 2 stitches worked over 1 or 2 threads. Make all your stitches cross in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.
Satin Stitch – run a straight stitch between each thread of the fabric in the direction shown on the chart. Use 1 thread making repeated passes until the desired coverage is achieved.
Four Sided Stitch forms a square (straight stitch) on the front of the fabric and a cross(diagonal stitch) on the back. Follow the sequence of stitches below. Amy Cann was worked with normal tension but it can be used for other projects with a pulled tension to create a lacy effect.
Double Running Stitch is worked in two journeys. On the outward journey you mark out the motif and on the return trip you fill in the gaps. It is also called Holbein Stitch.
Algerian Eyelet – Enter your needle at 1, go down at 2, up at 3, down at 4 and so on until your eyelet stitch is complete. With each stitch pull the thread slightly so that the fabric distorts slightly, as it’s this tensioning action that creates the holes in the centre of each stitch.
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