Only One Rose, a postcard from the heart ~ A Little Gem


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This delightful sampler is brought to you as the fifth in a series of “Little Gems” that are available in this time of global crisis as a .pdf download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.





This sampler is a postcard from the heart. The sampler, designed and stitched by Nicola as a gift to her husband, has been inspired by samplers in her private collection and conveys several messages to her husband.

The ‘language of flowers’ was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.

The English are famous for their roses, and roses are deeply implanted in the English heart. They bring a sweetness of fragance and beauty of colouring, the rose is the queen of an English garden blooming from early summer until the Christmas bells ring out.

This flower is one of the oldest and most popular flowers known to man. Long a symbol of love and passion, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, their goddesses of love. It has been used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words. Each colour of the rose offers a distinct meaning and in the language of flowers the varying shades of colour can mean different things. Nicola chose to depict a multi-coloured rose to convey a message which is partially explained within the pdf download. Like many of the hidden meanings in antique samplers, there is an additional cryptic message which will remain unexplained and is intended to be understood by only one other.

We hope as you ply your needle your work will bloom just like beautiful flowers in a garden. Your completed sampler will be the fruit of your labour and a lasting treasure for you to enjoy!

The sampler can be stitched on linen or aida and the .pdf comes with a full font of letters and numbers so that you can personalise your sampler.

The six graphs included in the download are:

Graph 1 ~ One-page colour symbol graph.

Graph 2 ~ One-page black and white symbol graph.

Graph 3 ~ Four-page colour symbol graph.

Graph 4 ~ Four-page black and white symbol graph.

Graph 5 ~ A font that can be used for you to personalise your sampler .

Graph 6 ~ A blank sheet of graph paper for you to work out the placement for your personalisation.


Upon completion of purchase you will instantly receive an email confirming your order and giving you a link to download the .pdf. It is important that you ensure the correct email address is given. If the email is not received into your in-box please check your spam folder. 

Thread Legend

Only One Rose has been stitched with a palette of 14 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.

Nicola stitched her sampler on Legacy Linen’s Sycamore Seedpod; you should choose either linen or Aida in the count and colour that appeals to you. The project has been designed so that it is suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability. The stitches are cross stitch over 2 threads, running stitch and satin stitch. If you are stitching on Aida the sawtooth border could be replaced with a single or parallel line of cross stitch.

Soie 100.3           Soie d’Alger      DMC             Colour Description
022                       523                       833                      Golden olive ~ light
061                       236                       986                      Forest green ~ very dark
072                       5022                     503                     Blue green ~ medium
088                       4221                     543                      Beige brown ~ ultra very light
109                       3026                     777                      Raspberry ~ very dark
344 ***                1013                     761                       Salmon ~ light
148                       2232                     3822                   Straw ~ light
401                       3341                     762                      Pearl grey ~ very light
494                       2932                     3712                   Salmon ~ medium
499                       945                       498                     Christmas red ~ dark
523                       2916                     3831                   Raspberry ~ dark
656                       216                       890                     Pistachio green ~ ultra dark
707                       3724                     3363                  Pine green ~ medium
773                       3446                     3799                   Pewter grey – very dark
*** At the time of this release 344 (100.3) was in short supply in the USA. The distributors for Au Ver A Soie have recommended 134, a slightly paler pink, as a suitable substitute.

The design area is 198 stitches (w) x 134 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3" margin for finishing and framing.
28ct: Design: 14.14" x 9.57" Fabric: 20.14" x 15.57"  30ct: Design: 13.2" x 8.93" Fabric: 19.2" x 14.93"
32ct: Design: 12.38" x 8.38" Fabric: 18.38" x 14.38"  36ct: Design: 11" x 7.44" Fabric: 17" x 13.44"
40ct: Design: 9.90" x 6.70" Fabric: 15.90" x 12.70"  46ct: Design: 8.61" x 5.83"Fabric: 14.61" x 11.83"
56ct: Design: 7.07" x 4.79" Fabric: 13.07" x 10.79"

Stitch Guide

The sampler is suitable for stitching on linen or Aida. The stitches used are mainly cross stitch over two threads of linen with a handful of single running stitch.
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.


Chart Correction

We apologise for the error in the earliest download. DMC 3779 should read 3799.