Ruth Gibb 1882 ~ a printed booklet


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Ruth’s sampler is brought to you as a printed booklet and as an instant pdf download. Details of the instant pdf download can be found HERE.

Ruth Gibb is a very sweet little sampler stitched entirely in cross stitch over 2 threads and using only one colour – a rich, deep red, which concentrates the eye. The stitches pop out from the linen like jewels.

The lacy border frames the alphabets which are stitched in a very pretty font. The capital letter alphabet has an anomaly in the sequence of letters. The line ends with V X, and the W Y Z are stitched below. Either this was an error by Ruth, or it seems more likely to be by design, as the number of stitches needed to stitch the W would make it too big for the space at the end of the row. Perhaps she stitched the border first and then realised it wouldn’t fit and improvised. We’ll never know, but you can decide which way you think it was.

A lovely endearing feature of this sampler is the very different font style that Ruth has chosen to stitch her name. This closely matches Ruth’s own written signature on the Register of Marriage, 20 years later. It is as though, even at 11 years old, she was practising signing her name for the future.

Ruth was born on August 20, 1871 in Chiddingly, Sussex. We have been able to follow Ruth’s journey through life and have provided several pages of information and a photograph of Ruth within her booklet. We hope you enjoy stitching Ruth; she is a true delight. Even the smallest and simplest of samplers can have such a big story to tell.

With grateful thanks to Susan Hyde who lovingly stitched the model of Ruth’s sampler, researched her story, and found just the right words to tell her story.

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.

The sampler is stitched with cross stitch over two threads of linen and has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.


Thread Legend

Ruth’s sampler has been reproduced using Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein is required when working on 36ct linen and higher. A lower count will require 2 skeins.

Soie 100.3 #335 Soie d’Alger #2646 DMC #3777  

Linen Sizes

The model was stitched using Zweigart-based linen that was overdyed to the shade Marbled Khaki by xJuDesigns. The sampler is suitable for stitching on Aida, Linaida, and linen. We recommend that you use a thread, fabric, and count that you enjoy working with.

The design area is 145 stitches (w) x 105 stitches (h). Our calculations include a 3" margin for finishing and framing.

28ct linen: Design: 10.36" x 7.50" Fabric: 16.36" x 13.50" 30ct linen: Design: 9.67" x 7.00" Fabric: 15.67" x 13.00" 32ct linen: Design: 9.06" x 6.56" Fabric: 15.06" x 12.56" 36ct linen: Design: 8.06" x 5.83" Fabric: 14.06" x 11.83" 40ct linen: Design: 7.25" x 5.25" Fabric: 13.25" x 11.25" 46ct linen: Design: 6.30" x 4.57" Fabric: 12.30" x 10.57" 56ct linen: Design: 5.18" x 3.75" Fabric: 11.18" x 9.75" 52/62ct linen: Design: 5.58" x 3.39" Fabric: 11.58" x 9.39"

Stitch Guide

The stitches used are cross stitch over two threads of linen. The sampler has been rated as suitable for all levels of ability.

Cross stitch ~ Is made up of two stitches worked over two threads. You should make all your stitches cross in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.