Mary Ann’s sampler is offered to you in two different formats ~ as a printed booklet and as an instant PDF download. Details of the PDF download can be found HERE.
How we wish that Mary Ann had included a location on her sampler. Without this nugget of information, it has proved impossible to research the young samplermaker.
Working from a palette of 12 colours, Mary Ann stitched a very pretty sampler with wool on loosely woven linen of approximately 26ct. The young girl had a good eye for composition and colour. A meandering border heavily laden with red strawberries surrounds some very pretty motifs. Mary Ann’s chosen sentiment whilst short has great impact, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). It takes centre stage and is worked in a delicate grey green.
We particularly liked the way she arranged the layout of the alphabet using all 26 letters that make up the modern English alphabet today. English is often considered one of the more difficult languages to master due to the incredible amount of inconsistencies in the language. It is not surprising that the development of the modern English alphabet involved several languages, hundreds of years, and a variety of conquerors, missionaries, and scholars. Its history is fascinating and the development of each letter of the alphabet has its own story.
The sampler has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and is worked in cross stitch over 2 threads of linen. It can be worked on Aida, Linaida, or linen.
Mary Ann’s dainty sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 12 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger (SDA) and DMC below. Only one skein or spool is required on 36 to 56ct linen. Two skeins of SDA#2146/DMC#3011 will be required when working on a lower count of fabric.
Soie 100.3 / SDA / DMC ~ Colour
039 / 913 / 3340 ~ Apricot ~ md
072 / 5384 / 598 ~ Turquoise
152 / 2144v581 ~ Moss green
223 / 3046 / 3803 ~ Mauve ~ md
274 / 2146 / 3011 ~ Khaki green ~ dk
307 / 4623 / 3350 ~ Dusty rose ~ dk
313 / 1446 / 311 ~ Navy blue ~ md
494 / 4622 / 3712 ~ Salmon ~ md
621 / 5382 / 927 ~ Grey green ~ lt
681 / 944 / 321 ~ Christmas red
702 / 4545 / 434 ~ Brown ~ lt
Noir / Noir / 310 ~ Black
The model was stitched on a Zweigart-based linen overdyed to the shade “Old Sheep” by xJuDesigns. The sampler has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and is worked in cross stitch over 2 threads of linen. It can be worked on Aida, Linaida, or linen. The design area is 155 stitches (w) x 162 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.
14ct Aida/28ct linen: Design: 11.07″ x 11.57″ Fabric: 17.07″ x 17.57″
16ct Aida/32ct linen: Design: 9.69″ x 10.13″ Fabric: 15.69″ x 16.13″
18ct Aida/36ct linen: Design: 8.61″ x 9.00″ Fabric: 14.61″ x 15.00″
20ct Aida/40ct linen: Design: 7.75″ x 8.10″ Fabric: 13.75″ x 14.10″
46ct linen: Design: 6.74″ x 7.04″ Fabric: 12.74″ x 13.04″
56ct linen: Design: 5.54″ x 5.79″ Fabric: 11.54″ x 11.79″
The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two threads and can be stitched on Aida or linen. It is suitable for all levels of ability.
Cross stitch ~ is made up of two stitches worked over two threads. You should make all your stitches cross in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.