“make much of precious time”
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Jane tells us that she marked her sampler in 1811. So much has changed in the world in the ensuing years, particularly for women in the Western world!
In the family history records there are several possible Janes all from the great northern counties of England. The North of England or “Up North”, as anyone south of the Midlands calls it, has a distinct feel from “Down South”; it is an area that inspires. It has a stunning landscape filled with ancient castles, unspoilt beaches, rolling hills, attractive dales, rugged moorland, peatlands, tumbling upland rivers, and a cultural heritage all of its own.
Unfortunately, we are unable to say with certainty which of the Janes stitched this delightful sampler. Jane was born when Great Britain was ruled by the Hanoverians. By 1811, George III had reigned for some 51 years. The verse Jane chose to painstakingly stitch on her sampler seems so apt for George’s life.
This verse appears on several documented samplers and can be found in “A guide to the English tongue” by Thomas Dyche, an English schoolmaster and lexicographer.
Jane’s charming sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 9 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie d’Alger. We have provided conversions for Soie 100.3 and DMC. Jane stitched her sampler mainly with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen, cross stitch over 1 strand of linen and satin stitch. The model was stitched on Lakeside Linen in Light Examplar. The project has been rated as suitable for confident beginners through to advanced needleworkers.
Our grateful thanks to Angela Bulbeck who lovingly stitched the model for Jane’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.
Jane’s charming sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 9 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie d’Alger. We have provided conversions for Soie 100.3 and DMC. The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen in Light Examplar. The thread quantities quoted are those used for the model.
Soie d’Alger / Soie 100.3 / DMC ~ Colour Description
2543 /148 /3822 ~ Straw ~ light
2914 /741 / 760 ~ Salmon
2926 /335** /815 ~ Garnet ~ medium
3733 /580 /733 ~ Olive green ~ medium
3735 x 2 /378 /936 x 2 ~ Avocado green ~ very dark
3831 /562 /644 ~ Beige grey ~ medium
4214 /686 / 975 ~ Golden brown ~ dark
5022 /621 /3813 ~ Blue green ~ light
Noir / Noir /310 ~ Black
** Please note that Soie 100.3 #335 was previously numbered as #2646. This was an anomaly to Au ver a Soie’s numbering system and and Au Ver a Soie have now corrected this.
The design area is 178 stitches (w) x 252 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.
28ct: Design: 12.71″ x 18.00″ Fabric: 18.71″ x 24.00″
30ct: Design: 11.87″ x 16.80″ Fabric: 17.87″ x 22.80″
32ct: Design: 11.13″ x 15.75″ Fabric: 17.13″ x 21.75″
36ct: Design: 9.89″ x 14.00″ Fabric: 15.89″ x 20.00″
40ct: Design: 8.90″ x 12.60″ Fabric: 14.9″ x 18.60″
46ct: Design: 7.74″ x 10.96″ Fabric: 13.74″ x 16.96″
56ct: Design: 6.36″ x 9.00″ Fabric: 12.36″ x 15.00″
Jane stitched her sampler mainly with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen, cross stitch over 1 strand of linen and satin stitch. The project has been rated as suitable for confident beginners through to advanced needleworkers.
The sampler has been rated as suitable for confident beginners through to advanced needleworkers.
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 slipping through.
A good magnifier will help you see the small stitches. Even if you have sharp vision, a strong magnifier (preferably a lighted one) will reduce eyestrain and allow you to see each stitch much larger than life.
Satin Stitch ~ Run a straight stitch between each thread of fabric in the direction shown on the chart. Use one thread making repeated passes until the desired
coverage is achieved.
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.