Isabella Uffindell 1829 ~ her solo appearance in an encore edition

£24.00

Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist

Isabella Uffindell 1829 was originally published by Hands Across the Sea Samplers in a special limited-edition booklet as a duet with her sister Ann Tong Uffindell 1835. Isabella and Ann were our gift to our stitching sisters in 2017, and as they each make their solo appearance at the end of 2019, they are once again our gift to a new audience of sampler lovers. They come from our hearts to your hands.

When we reproduce samplers, we not only follow the path that the little girls’ needles and floss originally took but as we research the girls, we also follow a meandering thread back through time casting a light onto their lives.

Isabella and Ann are two very special samplers. They are special not only as they are very, very beautiful samplers but also because they were stitched by two sisters. Both the sisters were 10 years of age when they stitched their samplers, Isabella in 1829 and Ann 6 years later in 1835. As a collector sister samplers particularly fascinate me. I find it so remarkable that two samplers remain together through the centuries.

Isabella has been reproduced using the colours on the front of the samplers in 2016.

Ann’s sampler can be found HERE.

Thread Legend - Isabella

Isabella’s 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 a DMC conversion based on 2 strands on 36ct fabric. The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Pecan Butter.

Soie d’Alger / 100.3 / DMC                                                                                                                  

F11 x 1 / 211 x 1 / 3033 x 1 ~ Mocha brown – very light

1735 x 1 / 486 x 1 / 3768 x 1 ~ Grey green – dark

1746 x 1 / 710 x 1 / 924 x 1  ~ Grey green – very dark

1814 x 1 / 621 x 1 / 927 x 1  ~ Grey green – light

2144 x 1 / 325 x 1 / 581 x 1 ~ Moss green

2145 x 2 / 152 x 2 / 580 x 2 ~ Moss green – dark

2213 x 1 / 022 x 1 / 731 x 1 ~ Olive green – dark

2242 x 2 /  148 x 2 / 3046 x 2 ~ Yellow beige – medium

2245 x 1 / 542 x 1 / 782 x 1  ~ Topaz – dark

2246 x 1 / 543 x 1 / 780 x 1 ~ Topaz – ul/very dark

S2578 x 1 / 218 x 1 / 407 x 1 ~ Desert sand – dark

2643 x 1 / 655 x 1 / 351 x  1 ~ Coral

2644 x 1 / 644 x 1 / 347 x 1  ~ Salmon – very dark

2916 x 1  / 523 x 1 / 3831 x 1 ~ Raspberry – dark

2925 x 1 / 499 x 1 / 304 x 1 # Christmas red

3342 x 1 / 401 x 1 / 644 x 1 ~ Beige grey – medium

3344 x 1  / 183 x 1 / 3790 x 1 ~ Beige grey – ultra dark

3416 x 1 / 696 x 1 / 3371 x 1  ~ Black brown

3426 x 2 / 550 x 2 / 500 x 2 ~ Blue green – very dark

3723 x 1 / 565 x 1 / 3364 x 1 ~ Pine green

3724 x 2 / 707 x 2 / 3363 x 2 ~ Pine green – medium

3725 x 1 / 705 x 1 / 3362 x 1 ~ Pine green – dark

3732 x 1 / 658 x 1 / 3013 x 1 ~ Khaki green – light

3736 x 1 / 531 x 1 / 3011 x 1 ~ Khaki green – dark

3741 x 2 / 425 x 2 / 422 x 2  ~ Hazel nut brown – light

3745 x 1 / 455 x 1 / 829 x 1  ~ Golden olive – very dark

3815 x 1 / 303 x 1 / 832 x 1  ~ Golden olive

3835 x 1 / 576 x 1 / 640 x 1 ~ Beige grey – very dark

4114 x 1 / 517 x 1 / 3772 x 1 ~ Desert sand – very dark

4115 x 1 / 318 x 1 / 632 x 1 ~ Desert sand – ul/very dark

4524 x 1 / 634 x 1 / 3828 x 1 ~ Hazel nut brown

5024 x 1 / 025 x 1 / 501 x 1 ~ Blue green – dark

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 332 stitches (w) x 481 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

28ct – Design: 23.71″ x 34.36″ Fabric: 29.71″ x 40.36″

32ct – Design: 20.75″ x 30.06″ Fabric: 26.75″ x 36.06″

36ct – Design: 18.44″ x 26.72″ Fabric: 24.44″ x 32.72″

40ct – Design: 16.6″ x 24.05″ Fabric: 22.6″ x 30.05″

Stitch Guide

Isabella’s sampler has been rated as suitable for an intermediate stitcher but is not beyond a determined beginner wishing to explore satin stitch.

Her sampler is stitched mainly using cross stitch over two threads. There is also a small amount of cross stitch over one thread – Isabella’s name, age and the King’s initials “GR”. Satin stitch has been used for the beautiful Christmas Red wreath, the two small circular wreaths and some flower heads.

The charts show both the shade symbol and the colour block. Each square on the graph represents two linen threads. The graph has been annotated with instructions, stitch diagrams and shade numbers for ease of use. The cross stitched motifs have been counted out stitch by stitch, thread by thread. Isabella drew her wreath onto the fabric and embroidered over. We have sketched out the wreath and transferred it onto the graph so that you can count it out. No tracing is necessary. Before embroidering the satin stitches Isabella used a thick white and probably inexpensive thread both to outline and to pad out the vine and leaves of the wreaths.

 

Cross Stitch is made up of 2 stitches  worked over 1 or 2 threads. Make all your stitches cross in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.

Satin Stitch –  run a straight stitch between each thread of the fabric in the direction shown on the chart. Use 1 thread  making  repeated passes until the desired coverage is achieved.

Double  Running Stitch is worked  in two journeys.  On  the outward   journey  you mark out the motif and on the return trip you  fill  in  the  gaps.  It  is  also  called Holbein Stitch.

 

N.B: For padding out the vines you could use either satin stitch, double running stitch or stem stitch.

Stem Stitch ~ when working from left to right. Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2. Bring needle back up halfway between 1 and 2 at 3. Be sure to keep thread below the needle. When working from right to left keep the thread above the needle.

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 the CONTACT page on our website. Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the “SEWING BASKET AND TOOLS” section.

You may also like…