Mary Lock 1832 ~ a pdf download

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On November 9th in the year 1832 Mary Lock finished this stunning sampler. Little did she know that, centuries later, adult needleworkers around the world would be admiring and copying her work.

The sampler has no information about the young maker other than her name. Regrettably, we were unable to identify our Mary in family history records, as there were many Mary Locks in the time frame.

We may surmise that Mary came from a family that was financially comfortable. A girl from a poor family probably would have stitched her sampler with cotton or wool. Mary’s sampler was stitched with silks on finely woven linen. Silks were expensive, and the use of 18 different colours in Mary’s sampler suggests that her parents could provide their daughter with a “good” education.

From a very early age girls spent much of the time given to their education working with their needle. In stitching their samplers the young girls learnt religious instruction, morality, virtue, history, geography, mathematics, literature, and grammar.

Mary may have been educated at home by a governess or attended a local fee-paying school or even a boarding school. Whether she was taught by a governess or a school mistress, needlework would have played a big part in her education. It was one of the necessary accomplishments a young lady was required to master. It was considered one of the “female arts”, which were important in the preparation for marrying “well” and essential domestic skills needed by the mistress of a household.  At a time when everything was hand-sewn, sewing skills were essential regardless of the family’s financial standing.

Mary’s sampler demonstrates her diligence, and the neat stitching and attention to detail are indicative of her pride and enjoyment in her work. We are fortunate that Mary’s sampler was treasured, first by her and her parents and then by her descendants. Their care of a child’s needlework has ensured that Mary is remembered and celebrated today.

We hope that you will enjoy stitching this beautiful sampler.

 

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 eighteen-page colour chart.

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

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

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

The design is suitable for intermediate and advanced needleworkers but is not beyond a determined beginner. The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads and satin stitch.

 

With our grateful thanks to Veena Parrikar who lovingly stitched the model of Mary’s sampler. Veena “marked” her sampler with a personal motif which incorporates her initials. Can you spot her mark?

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.

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Thread Legend

Mary’s sampler has been stitched with a palette of eighteen colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie d’Alger. We have provided conversions for Soie 100.3 and DMC. Estimated thread quantities for varying linen counts and the number of strands of thread used have been listed below.

 

Soie 100.3 1 strand on 46ct linen~ Colour Description

 072~ Grey green ~ medium

093~ Terracotta ~ light

148~ Yellow beige ~ medium

154~ Tan ~ light

176~ Terracotta ~ ultra light

217~ Mahogany ~ very light

378~ Avocado green ~ dark

455~ Hazelnut brown ~ dark

517~ Mocha beige ~ dark

524~ Dusty rose ~ ultra light

621~ Blue green ~ light

624~ Mocha brown ~ dark

686~ Red copper ~ dark

702~ Brown ~ medium

705 x 2~ Fern green ~ dark

710 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

741~ Salmon

756~ Black avocado green

 

Soie d’Alger 1 strand on 36ct, 40ct & 46ct linen ~ Colour Description

 1746 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

2242 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

2626 ~ Red copper ~ dark

2633 ~ Terracotta ~ light

2912 ~ Terracotta ~ ultra light

2914 ~ Salmon

3026 ~ Dusty rose ~ ultra light

3725 x 2 ~ Fern green ~ dark

3726 ~ Black avocado green

3735 ~ Avocado green ~ dark

3812 ~ Tan ~ light

4114 ~ Mocha beige ~ dark

4246 ~ Hazelnut brown ~ dark

4536 ~ Mocha brown ~ dark

4541 ~ Mahogany ~ very light

4545 ~ Brown ~ medium

5022 ~ Blue green ~ light

5384 ~ Grey green ~ medium

 

Soie d’alger 2 strands on 28ct linen ~ Colour Description

 1746 x 2 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

2242 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

2626 ~ Red copper ~ dark

2633 ~ Terracotta ~ light

2912 ~ Terracotta ~ ultra light

2914 ~ Salmon

3026 ~ Dusty rose ~ ultra light

3725 x 5 ~ Fern green ~ dark

3726 ~ Black avocado green

3735 x 2 ~ Avocado green ~ dark

3812 x 3 ~ Tan ~ light

4114 ~ Mocha beige ~ dark

4246 ~ Hazelnut brown ~ dark

4536 ~ Mocha brown ~ dark

4541 x 2 ~ Mahogany ~ very light

4545 ~ Brown ~ medium

5022 ~ Blue green ~ light

5384 x 2 ~ Grey green ~ medium

 

DMC 1 strand on 40ct linen ~ Colour Description

 150 ~ Dusty rose ~ ultra light

433 ~ Brown ~ medium

437 ~ Tan ~ light

520 x 2 ~ Fern green ~ dark

760 ~ Salmon

869 ~ Hazelnut brown ~ dark

918 ~ Red copper ~ dark

926 ~ Grey green ~ medium

930 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

934 ~ Black avocado green

936 ~ Avocado green ~ dark

3046 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

3778 ~ Terracotta ~ light

3779 ~ Terracotta ~ ultra light

3781 ~ Mocha brown ~ dark

3813 ~ Blue green ~ light

3856 ~ Mahogany ~ very light

3862 ~ Mocha beige ~ dark

 

DMC 2 strands on 36ct linen ~ Colour Description

 150 ~ Dusty rose ~ ultra light

433 ~ Brown ~ medium

437 x 2  Tan ~ light

520 x 3 ~ Fern green ~ dark

760 ~ Salmon

869 ~ Hazelnut brown ~ dark

918 ~ Red copper ~ dark

926 ~ Grey green ~ medium

930 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

934 ~ Black avocado green

936 x 2 ~ Avocado green ~ dark

3046 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

3778 ~ Terracotta ~ light

3779 ~ Terracotta ~ ultra light

3781 ~ Mocha brown ~ dark

3813 ~ Blue green ~ light

3856 ~ Mahogany ~ very light

3862 ~ Mocha beige ~ dark

 

DMC 2 strands on 28ct linen ~ Colour Description

 150 ~ Dusty rose ~ ultra light

433 ~ Brown ~ medium

437 x 2  Tan ~ light

520 x 4 ~ Fern green ~ dark

760 ~ Salmon

869 ~ Hazelnut brown ~ dark

918 ~ Red copper ~ dark

926 ~ Grey green ~ medium

930 x 2 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

934 ~ Black avocado green

936 x 2 ~ Avocado green ~ dark

3046 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

3778 ~ Terracotta ~ light

3779 ~ Terracotta ~ ultra light

3781 ~ Mocha brown ~ dark

3813 ~ Blue green ~ light

3856 ~ Mahogany ~ very light

3862 ~ Mocha beige ~ dark

 

Linen Sizes

The original sampler measures approximately 13″ x 17″. The design area is 278 stitches (w) x 354 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen in Vintage Buttercream. Some suggested alternatives would be Legacy Linens’ Victoria Sponge Cake in 30ct, Corn Tassel in 37ct, Foxtail Millett in 45ct linen and Sycamore Seedpod in 53/63ct.

We recommend that you choose a linen colour and count that appeals to you and that you are comfortable working on.

28ct: Design: 19.86″ x 25.29″ Fabric: 25.86″ x 31.29″

30ct: Design: 18.53″ x 23.60″ Fabric: 24.53″ x 29.60″

32ct: Design: 17.38″ x 22.13″ Fabric: 23.38″ x 28.13″

36ct: Design: 15.44″ x 19.67″ Fabric: 21.44″ x 25.67″

40ct: Design: 13.90″ x 17.70″ Fabric: 19.90″ x 23.70″

46ct: Design: 12.09″ x 15.39″ Fabric: 18.09″ x 21.39″

56ct: Design: 9.93″ x 12.64″ Fabric: 15.93″ x 18.64″

52/62ct: Design: 10.69″ x 11.42″ Fabric: 16.69″ x 17.42″

62/52ct: Design: 8.97″ x 13.62″ Fabric: 14.97″ x 19.62″

Stitch Guide

The design is suitable for intermediate and advanced needleworkers but is not beyond a determined beginner. The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads and satin stitch.

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 from slipping through the intersections.

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.