Jane Harth 1868 ~ 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.

Who was this little girl? Jane offers us very few clues in her sampler other than her name and a year.

The General Records Office holds over 260 million records, yet we are unable to find a birth having been registered for Jane Harth!

We do find a Jane Harth born in around the year 1854 recorded in the 1871 census working as one of two servants in the household of George Shepherd, a retired grocer, and his adult son. This Jane was born in Tetney, Lincolnshire. If this was our Jane, then she would have stitched her sampler when she was 14 years old. We would not expect a humble servant to have remained in school until this age.

There is a recorded sampler stitched by Margaret Spender in 1810 that features the same distinctive vase with carnations either side of a tulip. Whilst this is much faded, it is unmistakably the same motif that Jane stitched 58 years later.

Whilst Jane may have faded from living memory and her identity lost in the passing of the years, her sampler will now be enjoyed by needleworkers in the 21st century. Once they have seen it, who could forget her psychedelic art that could grace a Jimi Hendrix album cover!

“If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary.”

~ Akiane Kramarik

Jane Harth 1868 a Little Gem from Hands Across the Sea Samplers 

The two graphs included in the download are:

Graph 1 ~  a nine-page colour symbol graph.

Graph 2 ~ a nine-page black and white symbol graph.

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 and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.

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.

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Thread Legend

Jane’s vibrant sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 19 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 when stitching with 40ct linen /20ct Aida and higher. If you are using under 40ct linen/20ct Aida, you will need two skeins of DMC 909 or Soie d’Alger 236. Jane stitched her sampler with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen. The model was stitched on Lakeside Linen in Vintage Pecan Butter. The linen on the original sampler is closest in colour to DMC shade 422. The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability and can be stitched on Aida or linen. Soie 100.3  /  Soie d’Alger  /  DMC - Colour Description                                 072  /  5384  /  503 - Blue green ~ medium 080  /  F6  /  746 - Off white 148  /  2232  /  3822 - Straw ~ light 149  /  2533  /  3820 - Straw ~ dark 190  /  1314  /  553 - Violet 199  /  2224  /  733 - Olive green ~ medium 249  /  236  /  909 - Emerald green ~ very dark 277  /  126  /  3765 - Peacock blue ~ very dark 303  /  524  /  832 - Golden olive 444  /  3336  /  550 - Violet ~ very dark 499  /  1026  /  326 - Rose ~ very dark 500  /  942  /  321 - Christmas red 519  /  4122  /  433 - Brown ~ medium 536  /  2926  /  221 - Shell pink ~ very dark 621  /  1814  /  3813 - Blue green ~ light 625  /  5116  /  154 - Grape ~ very light 647  /  2125  /  580 - Moss green ~ dark 655  /  2643  /  351 - Coral 741  /  2914  /  760 - Salmon


The design area is 173 stitches (w) x 255 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3" margin for finishing and framing. 28ct: Design: 12.36" x 18.21" Fabric: 18.36" x 24.21" 30ct: Design: 11.53" x 17.00" Fabric: 17.53" x 23.00" 32ct: Design: 10.81" x 15.94" Fabric: 16.81" x 21.94" 36ct: Design: 9.61" x 14.17" Fabric: 15.61" x 20.17" 40ct: Design: 8.65" x 12.75" Fabric: 14.65" x 18.75" 46ct: Design: 7.52" x 11.09" Fabric: 13.52" x 17.09" 56ct: Design: 6.18" x 9.11" Fabric: 12.18" x 15.11"

Stitch Guide

The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability. The stitches used are cross stitch over two threads of linen. Cross stitch ~ When working cross stitch the top stitch should always lie in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.  

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