Ann Tong Uffindell 1835 – her solo appearance in an encore edition

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Ann Tong Uffindell 1835 was originally published by Hands Across the Sea Samplers in a special limited-edition booklet as a duet with her sister Isabell Uffindell 1829. Ann and Isabella were our gift to our stitching sisters in 2017, and as they each make their solo appearance at the end of 2019, they are once again our gift to a new audience of sampler lovers. They come from our hearts to your hands.

When we reproduce samplers, we not only follow the path that the little girls’ needles and floss originally took but as we research the girls, we also follow a meandering thread back through time casting a light onto their lives.

Ann and Isabella are two very special samplers. They are special not only as they are very, very beautiful samplers but also because they were stitched by two sisters. Both the sisters were 10 years of age when they stitched their samplers, Isabella in 1829 and Ann 6 years later in 1835. As a collector sister samplers particularly fascinate me. I find it so remarkable that two samplers remain together through the centuries.

Ann has been reproduced using the colours on the front of the samplers in 2016.

Isabella’s sampler can be found HERE.

 

Thread Legend - Ann

Ann’s sampler has been reproduced 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 Pecan Butter.  The sampler has been reproduced using the colours on the front of the original sampler.

Soie d’Alger / Soie 100.3 / DMC 

F5 x 2 / 080 x 2 / 739 x 2 ~ Tan – ultra very light

F9 x 1 /425 x 1 / 422 x 1 ~ Hazel nut brown – light

946 x 1 / 499 x 1 / 815 x 1 ~ Garnet – medium

1726 x 1 / 703 x 1 / 924 x 1 ~ Grey green – very dark

1741 x 1 / 071 x 1 / 928 x 1 ~ Grey green – very light

1743 x 1 / 486 x 1 / 3768 x 1 ~ Grey green – dark

1845 x 2 / 654 x 2  / 3362 x 2 ~ Pine green – dark

1846 x 2 / 210 x 2 / 500 x 2 ~ Blue green – very dark

2543 x 1 / 148 x 1 / 676 x 1 ~ Old gold – light

2646 x 1 / 2646 x 1 / 814 x 1 ~ Garnet – dark

2915 x 1 / 494 x 1 / 3712 x 1 ~ Salmon – medium

2916 x 2 / 523 x 2 / 3831 x 2 ~ Raspberry

3715 x 2 / 565 x 2 / 3051 x 2 ~ Green grey – dark

3745 x 2 /  455 x 2 / 829 x 2  ~ Golden olive – very dark

3832 x 1 / 328 x 1 / 3013 x 1 ~ Khaki green – light

3833 x 1 / 562 x 1 / 371 x 1 ~ Mustard

3834 x 1 / 603 x 1 / 642 x 1 ~ Beige grey – dark

3835 x 1 / 576 x 1 / 640 x 1 ~ Beige grey – very dark

3845 x 1 / 011 x 1 / 645 x 1 ~ Beaver grey – very dark

4244 x 1 / 156 x 1 / 832 x 1 ~ Golden olive

4245 x 1 / 492 x 1 / 420 x 1  ~ Hazel nut brown – dark

4246 x 1 / 048 x 1 / 869 x 1 ~ Hazel nut brown – very dark

4534 x 1 / 572 x 1 / 611 x 1 ~ Drab brown

4535 x 1 / 207 x 1 / 610 x 1 ~ Drab brown – dark

4541 x 1 / 217 x 1 / 950 x 1 ~ Desert sand – light

5384 x 1 / 072 x 1 / 926 x 1 ~ Grey green – medium

 

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 320 stitches (w) x 378 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

28ct – Design: 22.86″ x 27.00″ Fabric: 28.86″ x 33.00″

32ct – Design: 20.00″ x 23.63″ Fabric: 26.00″ x 29.63″

36ct – Design: 17.78″ x 21.00″ Fabric: 23.78″ x 27.00″

40ct – Design: 16.00″ x 18.90″ Fabric: 22.00″ x 24.90″

Stitch Guide

Ann’s sampler has been rated as suitable for an intermediate stitcher but is not beyond a determined beginner wishing to explore satin stitch. Her sampler is stitched mainly using cross stitch over two threads. On Ann’s sampler there is some cross stitch over one thread – the verse, Ann’s name, age and six small but exquisite sprays of flowers. Satin stitch has been used for the beautiful wreaths which are a distinctive feature of both Ann and her sister’s sampler. There are a handful of double running stitches.

The chart show both the shade symbol and the colour block. Each square on the graph represents two linen threads. The graph has been annotated with instructions, stitch diagrams and shade numbers for ease of use. The cross stitched motifs have been counted out stitch by stitch, thread by thread. Ann  drew her wreaths onto the fabric and embroidered over. We have sketched out the wreaths and transferred them onto the graph so that you can count them out. No tracing is necessary. Before embroidering the satin stitches Ann used a thick white and probably inexpensive thread both to outline and to pad out the vine and leaves of the wreaths.

 

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.

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.

 

N.B: For padding out the vines you could use either satin stitch, double running stitch or stem stitch.

Stem Stitch ~ when working from left to right. Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2. Bring needle back up halfway between 1 and 2 at 3. Be sure to keep thread below the needle. When working from right to left keep the thread above the needle.

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.

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