Jane Hardy 1840 ~ a Little Gem


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This delightful sampler is brought to you as part of a series of “Little Gems” that are available as a .pdf download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.


“The longest road out is the shortest road home”


Who can resist a red house sampler? Jane’s colourful sampler glows with good cheer. Contained within a stylised red carnation border is a delightful scene of a sturdy redbrick house surrounded by urns of fruit, four birds and auriculas. The parkland abounds with deer, two small dogs and an aristocratic cat with tail held high. The three chimneys, with smoke billowing, create a feeling of “home is where the hearth is” and adds to the overall feeling of warmth the sampler conveys.

Jane stitched the number four in 1840 backwards. Writing numbers backwards (mirror-writing) is not unusual for young children, it is how their brain processes what they see.

“It was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity.” ~ Thomas Hardy

The two pine trees that Jane stitched are found on many Scottish samplers. Regrettably we could not trace Jane as both Jane and Hardy are common names in Great Britain.



The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on Aida, Linaida or linen. Jane is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.

Included in the pdf are four graphs. Graph 1 ~ a twelve-page colour block and symbol graph. Graph 2 ~ a twelve-page black and white symbol graph. Graph 3 ~ a one-page colour block and symbol graph. Graph 4 ~ a one-page black and white symbol graph.

IMPORTANT ~ Graph 3 and 4 are NOT intended to be printed. They are provided for you to use as a digital graph on your tablets or phones. You can enlarge them on your device and enjoy a graph where there are no overlaps.

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Thread Legend

Janes’ charming sampler has been reproduced with a palette of eleven colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein of each colour is required if stitching on 40ct and higher. The thread quantities listed below are for 36ct fabric. Jane  can be stitched either on Aida, Linaida or linen. The model was stitched on 53/63ct Legacy Linen in Gothic Ivory. The original sampler was stitch on linen a colour similar to DMC shades 712. Soie 100.3           Soie d’Alger      DMC               Colour Description  022                       524 x 2                 832 x 2                 Golden olive 038                        2643                     3340                     Apricot ~ medium 072                        5384                     503                       Blue green ~ medium 107                        2645 x 2               347 x 2                 Salmon ~ very dark 148                        2543                     3822                     Straw ~ light 217                        S3390                   950                       Desert sand ~ light 549                        1835                     987                       Forest green ~ dark 274                        3734                     3011                     Khaki green ~ dark 486                        1434                     931                       Antique blue ~ medium 557                        5113                     3041                     Antique violet ~ medium 746                        3823                     437                       Tan ~ light LINEN SIZES The design area is 211 stitches (w) x 174 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3" margin for finishing and framing. If working on an uneven linen such as 53/63 we would recommend that you orientate your linen so that the lower count is on the horizontal. 28ct: Design: 15.07" x 12.43" Fabric: 21.07" x 18.43" 30ct: Design: 14.07" x 11.60" Fabric: 20.07" x 17.60" 32ct: Design: 13.19" x 10.88" Fabric: 19.19" x 16.88" 36ct: Design: 11.72" x 9.67" Fabric: 17.72" x 15.67" 40ct: Design: 10.55" x 8.70" Fabric: 16.55" x 14.70" 46ct: Design: 9.17" x 7.57" Fabric: 15.17" x 13.57" 56ct: Design: 7.54" x 6.21" Fabric: 13.54" x 12.21" 53/63ct: Design: 7.96" x 5.52" Fabric: 13.96" x 11.52"  

Stitch Guide

The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on linen or Aida. Jane is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.

Cross stitch ~ When working cross stitch the top stitch should always lie in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.

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.

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