Margaret Beattie 1866 ~PDF download


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This Scottish sampler is a delight for the eye! Margaret is offered to you in two different formats ~ as an instant PDF download  and as a printed booklet. Details of the printed booklet can be found HERE.

Margaret stitched a truly adorable sampler with a rich palette of colours. There is so much to excite your needle. The reverse of the sampler revealed Margaret’s story as told by her great-granddaughter EBG Allison on September 10, 1998.

Margaret or Maggie was twelve years old when she stitched her sampler at the Female School in Ardrossan. This historic harbour town is located in Ayrshire, 30 miles from Glasgow and has sandy beaches with beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde. Shipbuilding was one of Ardrossan’s important industries in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Maggie was born on March 4, 1854 at Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was the natural daughter of Margaret Newall, an Irish farm servant. Her father is unknown but could have been Peter Benson, a dock labourer, whom Margaret Newall later married.

When Maggie was two years old, she was adopted by James Beattie and his wife, Barbara Hunter who had no children of their own. Maggie grew up in Saltcoats and Ardrossan and after leaving school became a domestic servant. At the age of 19, she married William Auld on November 21, 1873 at her parents’ home in Ardrossan. William was a 24-year-old plumber from Newton of Ayr. Their first child James was born the following February! The couple went on to have twelve children, ten boys and two girls including one pair of twin boys. Their two daughters were the tenth and eleventh of their children.

The family first lived at St Quivox, Ayr and then in the town of Ayr where William built up a prosperous plumbing and electrical business. He became a member of the Ayr Council and a bailie of the town.

Maggie and William’s last years were spent at 66 Sandgate, Ayr. William died in 1927 at the age of 77 and Margaret died ten years later in 1937 at the age of 82.

The sampler is worked mainly in cross stitch over two threads of linen, the text has been worked in cross stitch over 1 strand of linen. The project has been rated as suitable for all levels of abilities.

There are 4 versions of the pdf. You will be able to download any or all of the following versions of the pdf and the graph:

Version 1 ~ A pdf with a six-page colour chart.

Version 2 ~ A pdf with a one-page colour chart which can be printed but is intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer.

Version 3 ~ A pdf with a six-page black and white symbol chart.

Version 4 ~ A pdf with a one-page black and white chart which can be printed but is intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer.

The reproduction of Margaret’s sampler has been a team effort. Her sampler has been painstakingly charted by Sandra Moffitt, her booklet produced by Nicola Parkman, and the model lovingly stitched by Bhooma Aravamudan. 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.


Thread Legend

Maggie’s delightful sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 23 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger (SDA) and DMC below. You will only need one spool or skein of each colour with the exception of SDA 2523 and 2641 when working on 28/32ct linen if using two strands of thread.

Soie 100.3

025  Blue green

093 Desert sand

108  Fern green

154  Tan

156 Hazelnut brown

176  Terracotta

196 Fern green ~ lt

199  Olive green

217 Desert sand ~ lt

303 Old gold

309  Grey green ~ lt

323 Tan ~ vy lt

325  Avocado green ~ lt

393 Raspberry

401 Brown grey

499 Christmas red

603 Beige grey

607 Salmon ~ lt

621 Blue green ~ lt

647 Avocado green

672  Beaver grey

703 Grey green

Blanc Snow white


Soie d’Alger

946 Christmas red

1024 Raspberry

1715 Grey green

1843 Fern green

2124 Avocado green ~ lt

2125 Avocado green

2223 Olive green

2243 Old gold

2641 Terracotta

2756 Tan ~ vy lt

2931 Salmon ~ lt

3221 Brown grey

3841 Beaver grey

4112 Desert sand ~ lt

4235 Hazelnut brown

4522 Tan

4523 Desert sand

4533 Beige grey

5021 Fern green ~ lt

5023 Blue green

5381 Blue green ~ lt

Blanc Snow white



437 Tan

470 Avocado green ~ lt

498 Christmas red

501 Blue green

522 Fern green

523 Fern green ~ lt

642 Beige grey

646 Beaver grey

729 Old gold

733 Olive green

738 Tan ~ vy lt

761 Salmon ~ lt

924 Grey green

927 Grey green ~ lt

937 Avocado green

950 Desert sand ~ lt

3024 Brown grey

3064 Desert sand

3779 Terracotta

3813 Blue green ~ lt

3828 Hazelnut brown

3832 Raspberry

5200 Snow white



Linen Sizes

The design area is 153 stitches (w) x 220 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing. The model was stitched using Jersey Cream by Legacy Linen which is available in 45ct.

28ct linen: Design: 10.93″ x 15.71″ Fabric: 16.93″ x 21.71″

32ct linen: Design: 9.56″ x 13.75″ Fabric: 15.56″ x 19.75″

36ct linen: Design: 8.50″ x 12.22″ Fabric: 14.50″ x 18.22″

40ct linen: Design: 7.65″ x 11.00″ Fabric: 13.65″ x 17.00″

46ct linen: Design: 6.65″ x 9.57″ Fabric: 12.65″ x 15.57″

56ct linen: Design: 5.46″ x 7.86″ Fabric: 11.46″ x 13.86″

Stitch Guide

Margaret executed her pretty sampler in cross stitch over 2 threads with the verse executed in cross stitch over 1 thread. The sampler is suitable for all levels of ability.

Cross Stitch is made up of 2 stitches  worked over 2 threads. Make all your stitches cross 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.

Chart Correction

Please note that the extra skeins required when stitching on 28/32ct linen with two strands of silk are Soie d’Alger 4523 (not 2633) and 2641.