Annie Bayliss 1887 ~ God Save The Queen. An instant PDF download.


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Annie’s sampler is presented to you in two different formats ~ as an instant pdf download and as a printed booklet. Details of the printed booklet can be found HERE.

There are 4 versions of the pdf. You will be able to download any or all of the following pdf and graph versions:

Version 1 ~ A two-page colour chart.

Version 2 ~ A one-page colour chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).

Version 3 ~ A two-page black and white symbol chart.

Version 4 ~ A one-page black and white symbol chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).

Annie’s monochrome sampler has been a delight to reproduce. The little girl recorded that her sampler was stitched in Belvedere and completed in the December of 1887. She dedicated her sampler to her sovereign with the words “God Save The Queen”.

Belvedere is a town in the south-east of London that lies close to the River Thames.

The year of 1887 that Annie’s sampler marked was a very special year in Great Britain’s history. This year was the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Royal jubilees are an occasion to celebrate the life and reign of a monarch and are significant events which are celebrated around the world. Though the concept of the jubilee began in biblical times, today the term is most closely associated with the Royal Family and the ceremony and spectacle which the term symbolises.

Annie Bayliss 1887 ~ God Save The Queen from Hands Across the Sea Samplers

As the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign approached, the British government felt that a monumental celebration was in order. Victoria did not celebrate her 25th anniversary on the throne in 1862 as her husband, Prince Albert, had died in December 1861. His death sent Victoria into a deep depression, and she stayed in seclusion for many years, rarely appearing in public. She mourned him by wearing black for the remaining forty years of her life.

Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on September 9, 2015, when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria. On February 6, 2017, she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne.

In 2022, Her Majesty will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952, when she was 25 years old.

Commemorative souvenirs have been a popular way of marking royal events such as jubilees for the last three centuries. The earliest known English commemorative items date from the Restoration of Charles II as king in 1660, followed by his Coronation in 1661 and wedding in 1662. Popular items which have been used to commemorate jubilees past and present include coins, stamps, and ceramics.

We hope that you will stitch Annie’s little red sampler to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The sampler has been rated as suitable for all levels of ability. The design is worked in cross stitch over one and two threads of linen and running stitch. The sampler could be stitched over 4 and 2 threads of linen if preferred.

Our grateful thanks go to Bhooma Aravamudan for exquisitely stitching the model of Annie’s sampler. 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.


Thread Legend

Annie’s sampler has been reproduced using Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie. We have provided conversions for Soie Surfine, Soie d’Alger and DMC. Estimated thread quantities for varying linen counts and the number of strands of thread used have been listed below.

On 56ct linen with 1 strand of Soie Surfine #2109 x 1

On 46ct to 56ct linen with 1 strand of Soie 100.3 #109 x 1 On 36ct to 46ct linen with 1 strand of Soie d’Alger #4624 x 1 On 28ct linen with 2 strands of Soie d’Alger #4624 x 3 On 40ct linen with 1 strand of DMC #498 x 1 On 28ct to 36ct linen with 2 strands of DMC #498 x 2

Linen Sizes

The model was stitched using Legacy Linen’s Wayfarer’s Cloak in 38ct. We recommend that you use a thread, fabric, and a count that you enjoy working with. However, some linens to consider are Legacy Linen’s  Pecan Shortbread in 30ct, Woven Sedge in 45ct and Woodland Bower in 53/63ct

The design area is 79 stitches (w) x 111 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3" margin for finishing and framing.

28ct linen: Design: 5.64" x 7.93" Fabric: 11.64" x 13.93" 30ct linen: Design: 5.27" x 7.40" Fabric: 11.27" x 13.40" 32ct linen: Design: 4.94" x 6.94" Fabric: 10.94" x 12.94" 36ct linen: Design: 4.39" x 6.17" Fabric: 10.39" x 12.17" 40ct linen: Design: 3.95" x 5.55" Fabric: 9.95" x 11.55" 46ct linen: Design: 3.43" x 4.83" Fabric: 9.43" x 10.83" 56ct linen: Design: 2.82" x 3.96" Fabric: 8.82" x 9.96" 52/62ct linen: Design: 8.38" x 5.84" Fabric: 14.38" x 11.84"

Stitch Guide

The sampler has been rated as suitable for all levels of ability. The design is worked in cross stitch over one and two threads of linen and running stitch. The sampler could be stitched over 4 and 2 threads of linen if preferred.

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.

Running stitch ~ This stitch is one of the most basic embroidery and sewing stitches and is usually the first stitch learned by the beginners. Running stitch is also the primary stitch used for darning stitches.

The stitches can be worked in a variety of patterns to repair rips and tears and are perfect for using embroidery as a form of visible mending.