This 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.
What caught our eye on first glance with this sampler was the name of the young needleworker – Lilly Thirza Edwards. The girl’s name Thirza is of Hebrew origin meaning “delightful”. This sweet sampler is certainly delightful!
From family history records we know that Lilly was born to Henry, a railway guard, and his wife Eliza. On September 29, 1878 she was baptised in the town of Bromsgrove in the county of Worcestershire. By the 1881 census return the family can be found living at 21 New Market Terrace, London in the parish of St Pancras.
We know that Lilly stitched her sampler in the year 1887 when she was nearing her eighth birthday.
On June 3, 1905 Lilly married James Henry Thomas at St Paul’s Church in St Pancras. Lilly lived a long life, dying aged 80 on September 16, 1959. We hope that when the 1921 census is released in the forthcoming year that we may be able to add to Lilly’s story.
Lilly stitched her sampler with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen.
The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability and can be stitched either on Aida, Linaida, or linen.
Included in the pdf download are four graphs.
Graph 1 ~ A two-page colour block and symbol graph.
Graph 2 ~ A one-page colour block and symbol graph intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC.
Graph 3 ~ A two-page black and white symbol graph.
Graph 4 ~ A one-page black and white symbol graph intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC.
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