How Now Brown Cow – BW 1831

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How Now Brown Cow – BW 1831 is rated as suitable for a beginner. With a stitch count of 254 stitches (w) x 273 stitches (h) the sampler is stitched with cross stitch over 2 and the verse over 1.

Who was BW? Sadly we shall never know who stitched this charming English sampler in 1831 during the reign of William IV.

We know there are at least another eight similar samplers that make us wonder if they were stitched at the same school or taught by the same school mistress.  The samplers are different in their own right, but they share the same red brick stately Georgian building together with a fenced sweeping lawn or surrounded by a grove of trees.  All have at least one cow lazing on the grass, except one which is from an earlier period.

BW’s sampler is surrounded by a delightful border of strawberries, and the birds with bright plumage reflect the English fascination with exotic plants and animals resting in trees and urns of flowering carnations.  Two further sets of initials “G.W” and “M.W” have been stitched either side of the house, possibly her parents or siblings.

The verse is from the Hymn “Our God, Our Help In Ages Past” written by Isaac Watts in 1708 which has been sung so often on great public occasions – the Funeral of King Edward VII;  the unveiling of the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace;  on board HMS Prince of Wales in 1941 at a religious service attended by Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of a conference creating the Atlantic Charter;  at Winston Churchill’s Funeral; and in 2016 it was the Processional Hymn at the funeral of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  It is known as “The Church’s National Anthem” and is a paraphrase of Psalm 90 – A Prayer of Moses the man of God.  What is interesting is in 1738 John Wesley changed the wording from “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” in the Wesleyan Hymn Book and switched these two particular paragraphs around.

In the foreground two resting cows watch 2 small dogs and a mischievous rabbit frolicking in the grass. It is from these two cows that BW’s sampler became fondly known to us as “How Now Brown Cow” which is a phrase used in elocution teaching to demonstrate the rounded vowel sounds.

The dogs featured in the sampler could be Lancashire Heelers which is a small breed of dog developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle.

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 the CONTACT page on our website. Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the SEWING BASKET AND TOOLS section.

How Now Brown Cow – BW 1831 has been reproduced and stitched by Sandra Moffitt.  At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers is a team of needle workers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.

 

Thread Legend

The sampler has been charted with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks and the skein quantities calculated based on 1 strand on 36ct fabric. We have provided a DMC conversion based on 2 strands on 36ct fabric. The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Meadow Rue.

The sampler is stitched with cross stitch over 2 and the verse over 1 and has been rated as suitable for beginners.

Soie d’Alger / DMC

943 x 1  / 321 x 1 – Christmas red

3833 x 1 / 371 x 1 – Mustard

2236 x 1 / 420 x 1 – Hazel nut brown – dark

3812 x 1 / 422 x 1 – Hazel nut brown – light

2246 x 1 / 434 x 1 – Brown – light

1026 x 1 / 498 x 1 – Christmas red – dark

1844 x 1 / 501 x 1 – Blue green – dark

3835 x 1 / 610 x 1 – Drab brown – dark

3846 x 1 / 645 x 1 – Beaver grey – very dark

2522 x 1 / 677 x 1 – Old gold- very light

F10 x 1 / 712 x 1 – Cream

2145 x 3 / 730 x 4 -Olive green – very dark

4113 x 1 / 841 x 1 – Beige brown –light

615 x 1 / 921 x 1 – Copper

1713  x 1 /932 x 1 – Antique blue – light

516 x 1 / 937 x 1 – Avocado green – medium

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 254 stitches (w) x 273 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

30ct – Design: 16.93″ x 18.2″ Fabric: 22.93″ x 24.2″

32ct – Design: 15.88″ x 17.06″ Fabric: 21.88″ x 23.06″

36ct – Design: 14.11″ x 15.17″ Fabric: 20.11″ x 21.17″

40ct – Design: 12.7″ x 13.65″ Fabric: 18.7″ x 19.65″

Stitch Guide

How Now Brown Cow – BW 1831 is rated as suitable for a beginner. With a stitch count of 254 stitches (w) x 273 stitches (h) the sampler is stitched with cross stitch over 2 and the verse over 1.

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Cross Stitch – is made up of two stitches worked over one or two threads. Make all your stitches cross 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 the CONTACT page on our website. Our website has stitching tutorials which can be found in the SEWING BASKET AND TOOLS section.

At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers is a team of needle workers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.

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