Marion B Horsburgh 1866

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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. The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability and can be stitched either on Aida, Linaida, or linen.

Marion’s charming sampler was finished on April 6, 1866 when she was twelve years old. The young girl’s sampler was worked with wool on a ground of approximately 24ct. Contained within a border of plump red strawberries is a delightful cottage flanked by two pine trees with a lawn of luscious green grass. You could imagine the heroine of a fairy tale stumbling across this cottage in a forest glade.

Marion diligently plied her needle filling her sampler with baskets of fruits, flowering shrubs, several trees, including a heavily laden apple tree, two crowns, and four hearts. Her accurate counting and wonderful colour choices made her sampler a joy to reproduce and stitch.

Marion left a clue to her identity “Thurston” in her sampler, which has enabled us to trace her. Marion Burns Horsburgh, who was named after her paternal great grandmother, was born on April 1, 1854 to William Horsburgh and his wife Margaret, née Ford. She was baptised on April 23, 1854 in Innerwick, East Lothian, Scotland.

We do not know if Marion’s life was happy or sad, but it was a long life; 86 was a very good age. Whilst working with her sampler, we have fondly referred to it as the “fairy-tale cottage”. We hope that, just like a princess in a fairy tale, all Marion’s dreams came true and that she found her prince and they lived happily ever after.

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

Version 1 ~ A six-page colour chart.

Version 2 ~ A one-page colour chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).

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

Version 4 ~ A one-page black and white symbol chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).

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. 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 and Tools” section.

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Thread Legend

Marion’s sampler has been reproduced and stitched with the vibrant colours found on the front of the sampler today using a palette of ten colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3 We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger, Fine d’Aubusson wool and DMC. Whether you are stitching the sampler on 28ct or 56ct fabric, with 1 or 2 strands, you will only require one spool or skein of each colour with the exception of colour #944 Soie d’Alger when using two strands on 28ct.

 

Soie 100.3          

Noir** – Black ** only one cross stitch is laid with this colour

039 – Apricot

080 – Ecru

152 – Olive green

354 – Antique mauve ~ very light

519 – Brown ~ medium

601 – Wedgewood ~ very dark

656 – Pistachio green ~ very dark

664 – Christmas red

702 – Mahogany ~ medium

 

Soie d’Alger     

Noir** – Black ** only one cross stitch is laid with this colour

913 – Apricot

F1 – Ecru

2144 – Olive green

4644 – Antique mauve ~ very light

4526 – Brown ~ medium

1446 – Wedgewood ~ very dark

1836 – Pistachio green ~ very dark

944 – Christmas red

4545 – Mahogany ~ medium

 

DMC 

310** – Black ** only one cross stitch is laid with this colour

3341 – Apricot

Ecru – Ecru

732 – Olive green

778 – Antique mauve ~ very light

433 – Brown ~ medium

3842 – Wedgewood ~ very dark

319 – Pistachio green ~ very dark

321 – Christmas red

301 – Mahogany ~ medium

 

Fine D’Aubusson Wool

4106** – Black ** only one cross stitch is laid with this colour

0913 – Apricot

3020 – Ecru

1544 – Olive green

4633 – Antique mauve ~ very light

1760 – Brown ~ medium

1725 – Wedgewood ~ very dark

1836 – Pistachio green ~ very dark

2924 – Christmas red

4141 – Mahogany ~ medium

 

Linen Sizes

The model was stitched using 56ct Zweigart-based linen that was overdyed to the shade Marbled Pointer from xJuDesigns. The sampler is suitable to be stitched on Aida, Linaida, or linen, and we recommend that you use a count and fabric that you enjoy working with.

The design area is 138 stitches (w) x 153 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

14ct Aida / 28ct linen: Design: 9.86″ x 10.93″ Fabric: 15.86″ x 16.93″

30ct linen: Design: 9.20″ x 10.20″ Fabric: 15.20″ x 16.20″

16ct Aida / 32ct linen: Design: 8.63″ x 9.56″ Fabric: 14.63″ x 15.56″

18ct Aida / 36ct linen: Design: 7.67″ x 8.50″ Fabric: 13.67″ x 14.50″

20ct Aida / 40ct linen: Design: 6.90″ x 7.65″ Fabric: 12.90″ x 13.65″

46ct linen: Design: 6.00″ x 6.65″ Fabric: 12.00″ x 12.65″

56ct linen: Design: 4.93″ x 5.46″ Fabric: 10.93″ x 11.46″

62/52ct linen: Design: 4.45″ x 5.88″ Fabric: 10.45″ x 11.88″

Stitch Guide

Marion 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.

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.