Ann Oliver 1845 ~ printed booklet


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This sampler is brought to you as a printed booklet and as an instant pdf download . Details of the instant pdf download can be found HERE.

The project has been stitched using cross stitch over two threads with the exception of the verse which has been worked in cross stitched over one thread.

The sampler is rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability.

Ann’s booklet is presented to you as a 20 page A5 spiral bound booklet printed on heavy weight card stock/paper in a landscape orientation.

In the eleventh year of her age, Ann Oliver finished her captivating sampler. The more you look at her needlework, the more there is to enchant. The young schoolgirl had a good eye for colour and design.

It is with regret that we were unable to discover some background information about the sampler and its maker. There are many Ann Olivers to be found in family history records, and we were unable to pinpoint our Ann.

Ann included the verse “Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand …” It is one of the most popular verses found on schoolgirl samplers in the 1800s. It is attributed by some to John Newton (best known for the hymn Amazing Grace), and it is said that he wrote it for the sampler of his niece. It has also been suggested that it was composed by Isaac Watts also for his niece.

We are very thankful that Ann’s sampler, “the first efforts of her infant hand”, has been cherished by her descendants. Their care has ensured that in the 21st century needleworkers around the world are able to remember Ann and enjoy her work.

Our grateful thanks go to The Contented Stitcher for exquisitely stitching the model of Ann Oliver. At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers there is a team of needleworkers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.

If you need assistance or have any questions, we can be reached via email, address shown below, or the contact page on our website. Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the “Sewing Basket and Tools” section.


Thread Legend

Ann’s sampler has been stitched with a palette of 15 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. Below we have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only 1 spool or skein of thread is required, whether you are stitching on 14ct Aida/28ct linen or 56ct linen.

Soie 100.3 ~ Colour Description

022 Golden olive ~ light

060 Shell pink ~ medium light

099 Brown grey ~ very dark

137  Terracotta ~ very dark

152  Moss green ~ dark

205  Coffee brown ~ very dark

241  Straw ~ dark

274  Avocado green ~ very dark

313 Wedgewood ~ very dark

425  Hazelnut brown ~ light

621  Grey green ~ light

666 Shell grey ~ medium

681  Christmas red

705 Avocado green ~ dark

707 Green grey ~ medium


Soie d ‘Alger ~ Colour Description

524  Golden olive ~ light

1446 Wedgewood ~ very dark

1814 Grey green ~ light

2144 Moss green ~ dark

2515 Straw ~ dark ** this colour is currently is short supply and being re-dyed, our recommended substitution is #2535

2646  Terracotta ~ very dark

2925 Christmas red

3846  Brown grey ~ very dark

3413  Shell grey ~ medium

3724  Green grey ~ medium

3725 Avocado green ~ dark

3734 Avocado green ~ very dark

4126 Coffee brown ~ very dark

4622  Shell pink ~ medium light

F09 Hazelnut brown ~ light


DMC ~ Colour Description

152 Shell pink ~ medium light

321 Christmas red

422 Hazelnut brown ~ light

452 Shell grey ~ medium

580 Moss green ~ dark

833 Golden olive ~ light

898 Coffee brown ~ very dark

927 Grey green ~ light

935 Avocado green ~ dark

936 Avocado green ~ very dark

3021  Brown grey ~ very dark

3052 Green grey ~ medium

3777 Terracotta ~ very dark

3820 Straw ~ dark

3842 Wedgewood ~ very dark

Linen Sizes

The design area is 177 stitches (w) x 186 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

The model was stitched using 56ct Zweigart-based linen that was overdyed to the shade “Marbled Pointer” by xJuDesign. We recommend that you use a count and fabric that you enjoy working with.

28ct linen: Design: 12.64″ x 13.29″ Fabric: 18.64″ x 19.29”

30ct linen: Design: 11.80″ x 12.40″ Fabric: 17.80″ x 18.40″

32ct linen: Design: 11.06″ x 11.63″ Fabric: 17.06″ x 17.63″

36ct linen: Design: 9.83″ x 10.33″ Fabric: 15.83″ x 16.33″

40ct linen: Design: 8.85″ x 9.30″ Fabric: 14.85″ x 15.30″

46ct linen: Design: 7.70″ x 8.09″ Fabric: 13.70″ x 14.09″

56ct linen: Design: 6.32″ x 6.64″ Fabric: 12.32″ x 12.64″

62/52ct linen: Design: 5.71″ x 7.15″ Fabric: 11.71″ x 13.15″

Stitch Guide

The design is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities. The stitches used are cross stitch two threads of linen with the verse being executed in cross stitch over one thread of linen

Cross stitch ~ Is made up of two stitches worked over one or two threads. You should make all your stitches cross in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.

You have to be careful not to pull the thread through the intersection of the woven linen threads. The warp and weft fibres are not “interlocked” at intersections; they simply pass over and under one another. As a result, when stitching over one thread, some stitches can slip and disappear. Lay your stitches away from the direction you are working. This prevents the thread from slipping through the intersections.


Chart Correction

1. Please note that Soie d’Alger #3046 should read #3846. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

2. The border flower worked in 241/2515/3820 that appears below the word “in” should be worked the same as the other border flowers.