This miniature 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.
“beauty is the light in a heart”
Good things can come in small packages and often the things that have the most value or quality are small; the size of something does not always properly indicate its worth.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~ George Eliot
Mary Woodward is certainly the smallest sampler Hands Across the Sea Samplers have reproduced, yet she has oodles of appeal and all the elements, in miniature, of a school girl sampler.
A strawberry border undulates around an array of baskets filled with pretty flowers; butterflies and birds complete the charming scene. The motifs and colours Mary chose to stitch her sampler with work in harmony, recreating the froth of planting and rainbow of colours we see in a quintessential English cottage garden.
The four graphs included in the download are:
Graph 1 ~ A four-page colour symbol graph for linen.
Graph 2 ~ A four-page colour symbol graph for Aida.
Graph 3 ~ A four-page black and white symbol graph for linen.
Graph 4 ~ A four-page black and white symbol graph for Aida.
The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on Aida, linaida or linen. Mary is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.
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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This dainty sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 10 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein of each colour is required. Mary stitched her sampler with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen. The model was stitched on Legacy Linen in Sycamore Seedpod. The linen on the original sampler is closest in colour to DMC shade 3866.
The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability and can be stitched on Aida or linen.
Soie 100.3 / Soie d’Alger / D ~ Colour Description
029 / 2757 / 926 ~ Grey green ~ medium
148 / 2232 / 3822 ~ Straw ~ light
378 / 3735 / 3051 ~ Green grey ~ dark
384 / 3026 / 777 ~ Raspberry ~ very dark
494 / 2932 / 3712 ~ Salmon ~ medium
500 / 942 / 321 ~ Christmas red
536 / 2926 / 221 ~ Shell pink ~ very dark
621 / 1814 / 3813 ~ Blue green ~ light
773 *** / 3446 / 3799 ~ Pewter grey ~ very dark
*** When stitching on 56ct or 52/60ct, you may wish to substitute Soie 100.3 773 with Soie Surfine 2773.
The design area is 105 stitches (w) x 103 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.
28ct: Design: 7.5″ x 7.36″ Fabric: 13.5″ x 13.36″ 30ct: Design: 7.00″ x 6.87″ Fabric: 13.00″ x 12.87″
32ct: Design: 6.56″ x 6.44″ Fabric: 12.56″ x 12.44″ 36ct: Design: 5.83″ x 5.72″ Fabric: 11.83″ x 11.72″
40ct: Design: 5.25″ x 5.15″ Fabric: 11.25″ x 11.15″ 46ct: Design: 4.57″ x 4.48″ Fabric: 10.57″ x 10.48″
56ct: Design: 3.75″ x 3.68″ Fabric: 9.75″ x 9.68″
The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on linen or Aida. M.E is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.
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.