Eliza Knight


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We believe that this traditional English sampler was stitched by Eliza “as the first efforts of a youthful hand”, in the first half of the 19th century, as part of her education. The sampler shows aptitude for needlework and her stitching is precise. The sampler was executed in fine silks which some 200 hundred years later have retained their vibrancy. Regrettably the sampler yields no further insights into Eliza and it is only against a background of the period in which she lived that we can get a “glimpse” of what life was like for her and other Victorian women. It takes a considerable leap of the imagination for a 21st century woman to realise what her life would have been like had she been born in Eliza’s time and walked in her footsteps.

The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, a handful of satin stitches and Algerian eyelets. The sampler is suitable for all level of abilities.

Hands Across the Sea Samplers wish you many hours of enjoyment stitching this beautiful sampler. Whilst doing so we hope that you remember the original creator  ~ Eliza Knight.

Thread Legend

The 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 conversions for DMC based on 2 strands. The original sampler was stitched on linen closest in colour to DMC shade 613 and measuring approximately 11.75 x 15.75 inches.   Soie d’Alger /  DMC           F11 x 1 / 739 x 1 ~ Tan ~ ultra very light Noir x 1 / 310 x 1 ~ Black 1745 x 1  / 3768 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ dark 1845 x 2 / 501 x 2 ~ Blue green ~ dark 2144 x 1 / 732 x 1 ~ Olive green 2145 x 1 / 730 x 1 ~ Olive green ~ very dark 2757 x 1 / 926 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium 2914 x 1 / 3712 x 1 ~  Salmon ~ medium 2916 x 1 / 347 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ very dark 3726 x 1 / 3362 x 1 ~ Pine green ~ dark 3812 x 1 / 738 x 1 ~ Tan ~ very light 3836 x 1 / 3021 x 1 ~ Brown grey ~ very dark 4113 x 1 / 3864 x 1 ~ Mocha beige ~ light 4131 x 1 / 898 x 1 ~ Coffee brown ~ very dark 4525 x 2 / 420 x 2 ~ Hazel nut brown ~ dark 4624 x 1 / 815 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ medium 5025 x 2  / 500 x 2 ~ Blue green ~ very dark 5381 x 1 / 928 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ very light   LINEN SIZES The design area is 276 stitches (w) x 368 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing. 28ct ~ Design: 19.71" x 26.29" Fabric: 25.71" x 32.29" 30ct ~ Design: 18.40" x 24.53" Fabric: 24.40" x 30.53" 32ct ~ Design: Design: 17.25" x 23.00" Fabric: 23.25" x 29.00" 36ct ~ Design: 15.33" x 20.44" Fabric: 21.33" x 26.44" 40ct ~ Design: 13.80" x 18.40" Fabric: 19.80" x 24.40" 46ct ~ Design: 12.00" x 16.00" Fabric: 18.00" x 22.00"

Stitch Guide

The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, a handful of satin stitches and Algerian eyelets. The sampler is suitable for all level of abilities.   Cross Stitch ~ is the most popular stitch in counted needlework. When working Cross Stitch the top stitch should always lie in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish. Traditionally worked as a complete stitch before passing to the next, the stitch can also be worked in lines, for example, by bringing your needle up at bottom left and down at top right then moving to the next stitch and repeating throughout the line. At the end of the line reverse direction and cross each stitch made on the first journey. Elizabeth Weston worked her cross stitches over one and two threads. Satin Stitch ~ can be worked horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Straight stitches should be laid side by side so that no ground fabric shows through. The art of satin stitches lies in making the stitches lie evenly and close together. Always stitch in the same direction. Use one thread and make repeated passes to achieve the desired coverage. To ensure a smooth glossy surface work with short lengths of thread to reduce fraying. Discard thread that has been unpicked. Algerian eyelet ~ There is one stitch laid to every thread so when stitched over 2 threads there are 8 stitches laid to create an eyelet. Eliza applied tension to open the centre hole of each eyelet. Do not tug on the thread using your needle as your thread will soon break. Instead apply pressure by pulling on the thread close to the stitch. Even tension should be applied so each individual stitch sits well within the eyelet.   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 email, address shown below, or the contact page on our website. Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the “sewing basket/tools” section.