Ann Forfitt 1812


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Ann Forfitt 1812 is a very large and impressive sampler at 519 stitches (w) x 570 stitches (h) and is sure to be a blue ribbon winner for the competitive cross stitcher.

The 40 page chart, of which 36 pages are the graph, comes in booklet form in full colour throughout.


There are some 71,788 cross stitches, a small amount of straight satin stitches and a handful of Algerian eyelets. The verse is stitched in cross stitch over 1.

No songs of Triumph now be sung

Cease all your sprightly Airs

Let sorrow silence every Tongue

And Joy dissolve to Tears

If at this Sight we don’t repent

What other Sight can move

Ingrateful shall we not relent

And pay him love with love.

The verse Ann chose for her sampler is from a hymn written in the 1700’s that was sung on Good Fridays.  It appears in the “The Universal Spelling Book” published in 1756 in Rotterdam by Daniel Fenning an English school teacher.  It was greatly used in America and was first published in 1769 in Boston, Massachusetts. Imported English editions were available before then.  It also appears in a musical piece called Laindon, composed by Samuel Holyoake.  It was first published in “Harmonia Americana” in 1791 for three voices:  Treble-Tenor-Bass.

No trace of Ann Forfitt can be found in official records and all we have to remember her by is from the efforts of her own needle.  Ann stitched, with great care, her large and charming sampler using silks and very fine linen. We know from the information Ann recorded with her needle that she completed her sampler during the reign of George III on March 21 1812 whilst living in Lyndhurst in the county of Hampshire, England. Little did Ann know that during the next two centuries her sampler would travel across the Atlantic to New York, where it was conserved, and then many decades later back to England where it was acquired by Nicola Parkman for her private collection.

Ann’s sampler has been rated as suitable for an enthusiastic beginner.

Hands Across the Sea Samplers are on hand to help those stitching our charts. If you need assistance or have any questions we can be reached via the CONTACT page on our website. Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the “SEWING BASKET AND TOOLS” section.

Ann Forfitt has been brought to you in collaboration with Suzanne Sirotti who 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.

Thread Legend

The sampler has been charted with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks and the skein quantities calculated based on 1 strand on 36ct fabric. We have provided a DMC conversion based on 2 strands on 36ct fabric. The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Buttercream.
Soie d’Alger/ DMC
4623 x 4 / 3722 x 4 - Shell pink - medium
1844 x 3 / 3815x 3 - Celadon green - dark
1846 x 4 / 500 x 4 - Blue green – very dark
2211 x 2 /  834 x 2 - Golden Olive – very light
F18 x 1 / 612 x 1 - Drab brown - light
2242 x 2 / 3046 x 2 - Yellow beige - medium
3822 x 1 / 676 x 1 - Old gold - light
2234 x 1 / 729 x 1 - Old gold - medium
4233 x 1 / 680 x 1 - Old gold - dark
641 x 1 / 948 x 1 - Peach- very light
4613 x 1 / 3859 x 1 - Rosewood – light
2911 x 3 / 3774 x 3 - Desert sand - very light
3825 x 1 / 435 x 1 - Brown – very light
4536 x 1 / 3031 x 1 -Mocha brown – very dark
3416/Noir  x 1 / 310 x 1 - Black
The design area is 519 stitches (w) x 570 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.
30ct – Design: 34.60" x 38.00" Fabric: 40.60" x 44.00"
32ct – Design: 32.44" x 35.63" Fabric: 38.44" x 41.63"
36ct – Design: 28.83" x 31.67" Fabric: 34.83" x 37.67"
40ct – Design: 25.95" x 28.50" Fabric: 31.95" x 34.50"

Stitch Guide

The sampler has been rated as suitable for an enthusiastic beginner.
The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch and Algerian eyelet over 4 threads.
oie_transparent-86oie_transparent-87Cross 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 oie_transparent-88Stitch - run a straight stitch between each thread of fabric in the direction shown on the chart. Use 1 thread making repeated passes until the desired coverage is achieved.
oie_transparent-89Algerian 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.
Hands Across the Sea Samplers are on hand to help those stitching our charts. If you need assistance or have any questions we can be reached via the contact page on our website.
Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the “sewing basket/tools” section.

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