Mrs Campbell, Oban 1805 ~ printed booklet

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The 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.

Who was Mrs Campbell? Without a first name for Mrs Campbell, it has proved impossible to trace her. We believe that Mrs Campbell was most probably a needlework teacher and that her colourful sampler was used as a teaching tool.

The sampler is exquisite, the back is as neat as the front. The words Mrs Campbell stitched: “Keep your work clean and pay Attention to it” are certainly good advice!

Mrs Campbell tells us that she lived in Oban. Scotland is divided into two main regions, “Highland” and “Lowland”, with the border between the two areas called the “Highland Line”. The Highlands lie to the west and the Lowlands to the east of the line. All of Argyll, the county in which the Campbell clan have their seat of power, lies within the Highlands.

Oban is located in Argyll and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands. Oban means “little bay” in the old Gaelic tongue. Nestled between the cliffs and shoreline of the dark blue waters of the Firth of Lorn, the town is fortunate to be protected from the worst Atlantic ravages by the island of Kerrera.

Mrs Campbell’s sampler is as beautiful and as colourful as the place in which she lived. The area has captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries. Mrs Campbell’s sampler has been a joy to reproduce and to stitch and we hope that you will be inspired to pick up your needle and stitch her sampler.

The sampler, just like Oban, is one of Scotland’s gems!

The stitches used are cross stitch over 2 threads of linen, with the dedication over 1 thread of linen, Algerian eyelet, and backstitch. The design is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.

 

** IMPORTANT ** ~ Please note that there is a chart correction for the first edition of the booklet. Please click on the tab labelled “Chart Correction” below the thumbnail photos.

 

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 or the contact page on our website.

Thread Legend

This exquisite sampler has been reproduced using a palette of 27 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC below.

There is currently a global shortage of some shades of silk. We have liaised with Access Commodities, the US distributors for Au Ver à Soie, to identify which shades may be difficult to source. There are 2 shades of Soie 100.3 and 3 shades of Soie d’Alger where we have suggested alternative shades.

 

Soie 100.3 1 strand on 40ct to 56ct linen

029 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium

037 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ light

080 x 1 ~ Off white

096 x 1 ~ White lavender

115 x 1 ~  Driftwood

148 x 1 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

149 x 1 ~ Old gold ~ medium

160 x 1 ~ Peach ~ very light

191 x 1 ~ Apple blossom

211 x 1 ~ Beige brown ~ ultra light

223 x 1 ~ Mauve ~ medium ** 222

236 x 1 ~ Brown grey ~ dark

247 x 1 ~  Mustard ~ light

274 x 1 ~ Khaki green ~ dark

284 x 1 ~ Terracotta ~ light

344 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ light

376 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ dark

494 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ medium

580 x 1 ~ Mustard

584 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ dark

596 x 1 ~ Black avocado green ** 530

616 x 1 ~ Golden olive ~ very dark

648 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ very dark

694 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ light

707 x 1 ~ Pine green ~ medium

712 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ very light

755 x 1 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

 

Soie d’Alger 1 strand on 36 to 46ct linen

1741 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ very light

1746 x 1 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

1846 x 1 ~ Black avocado green

2216 x 1 ~ Brown grey ~ dark

2533 x 1 ~ Old gold ~ medium

2543 x 1 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

2633 x 1 ~ Terracotta ~ light

2757 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium

2942 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ light

3045 x 1 ~ Mauve ~ medium

3345 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ dark **  3346 or 3434

3414 x 1 ~ Driftwood

3432 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ light

3716 x 1 ~ Khaki green ~ dark

3724 x 1 ~ Pine green ~ medium ** 3723

3744 x 1 ~ Golden olive ~ very dark

3832 x 1 ~ Mustard ~ light

3834 x 1 ~ Mustard

4622 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ medium

4636 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ very dark

4641 x 1 ~ White lavender

4645 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ dark

5111 x 1 ~ Apple blossom

5112 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ light

F6 x 1 ~ Off white

S2700 x 1 ~ Peach ~ very light

S3276 x 1 ~ Beige brown ~ ultra light ** F11 or 3431

 

Soie d’Alger 2 strands on 28ct linen

1741 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ very light

1746 x 1 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

1846 x 2 ~ Black avocado green

2216 x 2 ~ Brown grey ~ dark

2533 x 1 ~ Old gold ~ medium

2543 x 1 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

2633 x 1 ~ Terracotta ~ light

2757 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium

2942 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ light

3045 x 2 ~ Mauve ~ medium

3345 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ dark **  3346 or 3434

3414 x 1 ~ Driftwood

3414 x 1 ~ Driftwood

3432 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ light

3716 x 1 ~ Khaki green ~ dark

3724 x 1 ~ Pine green ~ medium

3744 x 1 ~ Golden olive ~ very dark

3832 x 1 ~ Mustard ~ light

3834 x 1 ~ Mustard

4622 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ medium

4636 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ very dark

4641 x 1 ~ White lavender

4645 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ dark

5111 x 1 ~ Apple blossom

5112 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ light

F6 x 1 ~ Off white

S2700 x 1 ~ Peach ~ very light

S3276 x 1 ~ Beige brown ~ ultra light ** F11 or 3431

 

DMC 1 strand on 40 to 46ct linen and 2 strands on 36ct linen

05 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ light

07 x 1 ~ Driftwood

08 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ dark

23 x 1 ~ Apple blossom

24 x 1 ~ White lavender

371 x 1 ~ Mustard

372 x 1 ~ Mustard ~ light

543 x 1 ~ Beige brown ~ ultra light

729 x 1 ~ Old gold ~ medium

746 x 1 ~ Off white

761 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ light

829 x 1 ~ Golden olive ~ very dark

902 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ very dark

926 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium

928 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ very light

930 x 1 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

934 x 1 ~ Black avocado green

948 x 1 ~ Peach ~ very light

3011 x 1 ~ Khaki green ~ dark

3046 x 1 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

3363 x 1 ~ Pine green ~ medium

3712 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ medium

3726 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ dark

3727 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ light

3778 x 1 ~ Terracotta ~ light

3787 x 1 ~ Brown grey ~ dark

3803 x 1 ~ Mauve ~ medium

 

DMC 2 strands on 28ct linen

05 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ light

07 x 1 ~ Driftwood

08 x 1 ~ Driftwood ~ dark

23 x 1 ~ Apple blossom

24 x 1 ~ White lavender

371 x 1 ~ Mustard

372 x 1 ~ Mustard ~ light

543 x 1 ~ Beige brown ~ ultra light

729 x 1 ~ Old gold ~ medium

746 x 1 ~ Off white

761 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ light

829 x 1 ~ Golden olive ~ very dark

902 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ very dark

926 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium

928 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ very light

930 x 1 ~ Antique blue ~ dark

934 x 2 ~ Black avocado green

948 x 1 ~ Peach ~ very light

3011 x 1 ~ Khaki green ~ dark

3046 x 1 ~ Yellow beige ~ medium

3363 x 1 ~ Pine green ~ medium

3712 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ medium

3726 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ dark

3727 x 1 ~ Antique mauve ~ light

3778 x 1 ~ Terracotta ~ light

3787 x 2 ~ Brown grey ~ dark

3803 x 1 ~ Mauve ~ medium

Linen Sizes

The original sampler was stitched on approximately 46ct linen that had probably been woven on a hand loom to a width of 12″. The model was stitched on a Zweigart linen overdyed to the shade of Woodsmoke by Tabby Cat Linens. The design area is 276 stitches (w) x 228 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

 

28ct: Design: 19.71″ x 16.29″ Fabric: 25.71″ x 22.29″

32ct: Design: 17.25″ x 14.25″ Fabric: 23.25″ x 20.25″

36ct: Design: 15.33″ x 12.67″ Fabric: 21.33″ x 18.67″

40ct: Design: 13.80″ x 11.40″ Fabric: 19.80″ x 17.40″

46ct: Design: 12″ x 9.91″ Fabric: 18″ x 15.91″

56ct: Design: 9.86″ x 8.14″ Fabric: 15.86″ x 14.14″

Stitch Guide

The stitches used are cross stitch over 2 threads of linen, with the dedication over 1 thread of linen, Algerian eyelet, and backstitch. The design is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.

Cross stitch ~ This is the most popular stitch in counted needlework. When working cross stitch, the top stitch should always lie in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.

Backstitch ~ When working from your left to the right, bring your needle up at 1 and down at 2; then, moving to the right, bring your needle up at 3 and go back down at 4. Move to the right and bring your needle up at 5 and go back down at 6.

Algerian eyelets – When worked over four threads of linen, eight stitches are laid to create an eyelet.

Do not tug on the thread using your needle as your thread will soon break. Instead, apply pressure by pulling on the thread close to the stitch. Even tension should be applied, so each individual stitch sits well within the eyelet.

Chart Correction

Correction #01

Soie d’Alger S2376 is incorrect, the correct shade is #S3276.

 

Correction #02

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