Emily Wildhack 1874 ~ PDF download


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


The sampler is worked with cross stitch over two threads of linen and four-sided stitch. Emily can be worked on Aida, Linaida, or linen and is rated as suitable for all levels of ability.

Emily’s needlework has been reproduced using the slightly mellowed colours found on the front of her sampler. The ten-year-old child used wool and 20ct Penelope canvas to create an elegant sampler that gracefully flows from row to row. Her sampler contains elements that are reminiscent of the artwork on Roman Catholic prayer cards. Emily recorded that she completed her pretty sampler on November 18, 1874 at the Convent of Mercy in Chelsea.

Emily Augustine Marie Wildhack was born on April 13, 1864 in Chelsea, London, to Robert Andrew Frederick Wildhack and Marie Josephine Arcolier. Robert, a courier, was born in Vienna and became a naturalised British subject; Marie was born in Belgium. They married on August 31, 1847 in London. Emily was named after a sister who died in 1860 before reaching her first birthday.

In the 1881 census return the family are recorded as living at 61 Sydney Street, Chelsea. Today, Chelsea is an affluent area in West London on the north bank of the River Thames and forms part of London’s fashionable West End district; it is predominantly residential in character and includes a royal palace and the embassies of several countries. It once had a reputation as London’s bohemian quarter, the haunt of artists, radicals, painters and poets; today it is home to investment bankers and film stars. When the Wildhack family lived there, Sydney Street with its two- and three-storeyed terraces housed a range of professionals and tradesmen.

Emily married Rudolph August Levedag on January 9, 1890 at the City Hall in Amsterdam. Rudolph was a hotel owner in Hilversum. Rudolph died on February 18, 1901, leaving Emily with a son and daughter to raise. We have not found Emily’s date of death, but we believe that she died in The Netherlands.

Emily’s legacy is her needlework, and we hope that her sampler brings you many hours of enjoyment.


There are 3 versions of the pdf. You will be able to download any or all of the following pdf and graph versions:

Version 1 ~ A eight-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 eight-page black and white symbol chart.

Thread Legend

Emily’s sampler has bbilities.een stitched with a palette of thirteen colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. On linen sized 36 to 56ct only one spool or skein of each colour is required. If using 2 strands of Soie d’Alger on linen or Aida sized lower than 36ct, you will require 2 skeins of 2645 and 3423.

Soie 100.3 / Soie d'Alger ~ DMC
031 / 4242 / 3046 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium
079 / 2126 / 937 ~ Avocado green ~ medium
080 / F21 / 712 ~ Cream
108 / 3423 / 522 ~ Fern green
170 / 3843 / 647 ~ Beaver grey ~ medium
188 / 3345 / 08 ~ Driftwood ~ dark
375 / 4626 / 902 ~ Garnet ~ very dark
378 / 3735 / 935 ~ Avocado green ~ dark
486 / 1735 / 931 ~ Antique blue ~ medium
494 / 4622 / 3712 ~ Salmon ~ medium
523 / 2645 / 347 ~ Salmon ~ very dark
557 / 5114 / 3041 ~ Antique violet ~ medium
580 / 2213 / 3012 ~ Khaki green ~ medium

Linen Sizes

The design area is 165 stitches (w) x 253 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3" margin for finishing and framing. The model was stitched using 56ct Zweigart-based linen overdyed by xJuDesigns to the shade of Marbled Pointer. The design is suitable for stitching on Aida, Linaida, or linen. We recommend that you should use a count and fabric that you enjoy working with.

28ct: Design: 11.79" x 18.07" Fabric: 17.79" x 24.07"
32ct: Design: 10.31" x 15.81" Fabric: 16.31" x 21.81"
36ct: Design: 9.17" x 14.06" Fabric: 15.17" x 20.06"
40ct: Design: 8.25" x 12.65" Fabric: 14.25" x 18.65"
46ct: Design: 7.17" x 11.00" Fabric: 13.17" x 17.00"
56ct: Design: 5.89" x 9.04" Fabric: 11.89" x 15.04"

Stitch Guide

Emily's sampler was worked with cross stitch over two threads of linen and four-sided stitch. The sampler has been rated suitable for all levels of abilities.


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


Four-sided stitch ~ This stitch forms a square on the front and diagonal stitches on the back. This stitch, when tension is applied, creates a lacy effect similar to hem stitching.