Harriet Godhard 1817 ~ a printed booklet


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This sampler is available as a printed booklet and as an instant pdf download. Details of the instant pdf download can be found HERE.

The project has been stitched using cross stitch over one and  two threads, Algerian eyelets, four-sided stitch and a diagonal stitch over two threads. Harriet is rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability.

Harriet’s booklet is presented to you in a new style for Hands Across the Sea Samplers ~ a 12 page A5 spiral bound booklet printed on heavy weight card stock/paper in a portrait orientation.

Every time we look at Harriet’s delightful sampler, we smile. The reindeer, Christmas trees, and the particular shade of red thread she used remind us so much of Christmas time.

Harriet tells us that she was 16 years of age when she finished her sampler in the year 1817. Harriet Godhard was born in 1801 and is most likely the Harriet that married William Yeowell on December 10, 1828 in Clewer, Berkshire, England. Harriet’s husband, William, was a Licenced Victualler. He was the landlord of the public house known as “The Sun” (originally the “Rising Sun”) at 24, Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey.

We have had much enjoyment in reproducing Harriet’s sampler, and we hope that you too will have much pleasure in stitching her.

Our grateful thanks go to Linda Clews for exquisitely stitching the model of Harriet’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

Harriet’s sampler has been stitched with a palette of nine colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. Below we have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein of thread is required whether you are stitching on 14ct Aida/28ct linen or 56t linen.

100.3 / SDA / DMC ~ Colour Description

093 / 2632 / 3771 ~ Terracotta ~ ultra very light

129 / 3745 / 830 ~ Golden olive ~ dark

137 / 2635 / 355 ~ Terracotta ~ dark

207 / 3835 / 640 ~ Beige grey ~ very dark

486 / 1735 / 931 ~ Antique blue ~ medium

494 / 2915 / 3712 ~ Salmon ~ medium

621 / 1814 / 3813 ~ Blue green ~ light

664 / 2922 / 321 ~ Christmas red

627 / 3446 / 3799 ~ Pewter grey ~ very dark

Linen Sizes

The design area is 87 stitches (w) x 257 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3" margin for finishing and framing.

The model was stitched using 56ct Zweigart-based linen that was overdyed to the shade “Vellum” by Foxglove and Lace Linens. We recommend that you use a count and fabric that you enjoy working with.

14ct Aida/28ct linen: Design: 6.21" x 18.36" Fabric: 12.21" x 24.36"

30ct linen: Design: 5.80" x 17.13" Fabric: 11.80" x 23.13"

16ct Aida/32ct linen: Design: 5.44" x 16.06" Fabric: 11.44" x 22.06"

18ct Aida/36ct linen: Design: 4.83" x 14.28" Fabric: 10.83" x 20.28"

20ct Aida/40ct linen: Design: 4.35" x 12.85" Fabric: 10.35" x 18.85"

46ct linen: Design: 3.78" x 11.17" Fabric: 9.78" x 17.17"

56ct linen: Design: 3.11" x 9.18" Fabric: 9.11" x 15.18"

62/52ct linen: Design: 2.81" x 9.88" Fabric: 8.81" x 15.88"

Stitch Guide

The design is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities. The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, Algerian eyelet, four-sided stitch and a diagonal stitch over 2 threads.

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.


Algerian eyelets ~ When worked over four threads of linen 8 stitches are laid to create an 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.

Four-sided stitch ~ This forms a square (straight stitch) on the front of the fabric and a cross (diagonal stitch) on the back. Follow the sequence of stitches opposite.

Harriet’s sampler was worked with normal tension, but the stitch can be used for other projects with a pulled tension to create a lacy effect.


Please note that the Soie d'Alger conversion for the triangle symbol is 2632.
Soie 100.3 - 093, Soie d;Alger 2632, DMC 3771