Emma and Martin Noah Hubbard 1869 ~ 1870 a printed booklet


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The samplers are offered to you in two different formats ~ as a printed booklet and as an instant PDF download. Details of the PDF download can be found HERE.

We were so pleased to find a pair of samplers stitched by a brother and sister. The icing on the cake was the additional discovery of the Hubbards’ family history and that the samplers came from Norfolk.

The dates on the two samplers are the date of birth for Emma and Martin; Emma having been born on July 26, 1869 and Martin on October 16, 1870. The samplers were stitched in the year 1880 when Emma was 11 years and Martin 10 years old.

The samplers are, at first glance, almost identical; however, as you study them, there are differences.

Emma and Martin’s parents were Noah Eli Hubbard, a master mariner, and his wife Emma Christiana (née Callow). The family lived in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

It is amazing that two such small samplers have survived and that they have been kept together. We presume that Emma as the only surviving sibling was the custodian of the two small samplers before they were passed down into the care of one of her sons. The two sentiments Emma and Martin stitched seem so apt!

“Praise Ye The Lord, We Praise The O God”


Thread Legend

Emma and Martin’s samplers have been reproduced using a palette of 2 colours with Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC.

You will only require one spool or skein of each colour for stitching either or both samplers on 36 to 56ct. When working with two strands on 28ct you will require two skeins of each colour when working both samplers.

Soie 100.3
325 ~ Moss green
348 ~ Lavender ~ dark
Soie d'Alger
2144 ~ Moss green
3323 ~ Lavender ~ dark
581 ~ Moss green
209 ~ Lavender ~ dark

Linen Sizes

The original sampler was stitched on paper with silk thread. The model was stitched using Zweigart-based linen that was overdyed to the shade Marbled Pointer by xJuDesigns. The sampler is suitable for stitching on Aida, Linaida, and linen. We recommend that you use a thread, fabric, and count that you enjoy working with.

The design area of each sampler is 87 stitches (w) x 109 stitches (h). Our calculations include a 3" margin for finishing and framing. If stitching both samplers you will need double these amounts.


28ct linen: Design: 6.21" x 7.79" Fabric: 12.21" x 13.79"
32ct linen: Design: 5.44" x 6.81" Fabric: 11.44" x 12.81"
36ct linen: Design: 4.83" x 6.06" Fabric: 10.83" x 12.06"
40ct linen: Design: 4.35" x 5.45" Fabric: 10.35" x 11.45"
46ct linen: Design: 3.78" x 4.74" Fabric: 9.78" x 10.74"
56ct linen: Design: 3.11" x 3.89" Fabric: 9.11" x 9.89"

Stitch Guide

Both samplers are worked with cross stitch over two threads of linen and are suitable for needleworkers of all 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.