Sarah Mary Larkworthy 1727


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Sarah Mary Larkworthy was featured in the 2016 exhibition “Now Whilst My Hands Are Thus Employed – Three Centuries Of Historic Samplers” and is held in the private collection of Nicola Parkman. Sarah’s exquisite sampler is a wonderful example of the legacy left behind by long forgotten school girls and their needlework teachers.

The original sampler was finely embroidered in silk with a palette of only five colours using cross stitch over two threads, satin stitch, Algerian eyelet and stem stitch. An undulating berried border with a flower head in each corner forms a surround to the centrally positioned The Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer (also called the Our Father or Pater Noster, among other names) is the best loved, most spoken prayer throughout the Christian world. Over two billion people recite this prayer. According to the New Testament it was taught by Jesus to his disciples. Two forms of it are recorded in the New Testament: a longer form in the Gospel of Matthew (6:5-13) as part of the Sermon on the Mount, and a shorter form in the Gospel of Luke (11:1-4) as a response by Jesus to a request by one of his disciples to teach them to pray as John the Baptist taught his disciples.

There are two other documented samplers known to us that have clearly been stitched under the same instruction. Elizabeth Flood 1729 is illustrated in “Samplers and Historic Embroideries” Witney Antiques.  Agnes Hodge 1723-4 is in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, Object ID 18564403 (Click HERE). Agnes also worked her sampler aged nine years.

The 20 page chart is in a booklet format and has been printed in full colour throughout. All the motifs have been counted out for you within the graph, there is no tracing required. The chart comes with stitch diagrams together with historical information about the period the sampler was stitched in. An online tutorial for this sampler is available, further information can be found HERE.

Thread Legend

The sampler has been reproduced 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 Examplar.   Soie d’Alger /  DMC 4623 x 4 / 3831 x 4 ~ Raspberry - dark 5385 x 2 / 3768 x 2 ~ Grey green - dark 3425 x 3 / 501 x 3 ~ Blue green - dark 2543 x 1 / 3822 x 1 ~ Straw - light F20 x 2 / 739 x 2 ~ Tan – ultra very light LINEN SIZES The design area is 242stitches (w) x 341 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing. 28ct – Design: 17.29" x 24.36" Fabric: 23.29" x 30.36" 32ct – Design: 15.13" x 21.31" Fabric: 21.13" x 27.31" 36ct – Design: 13.44" x 18.94" Fabric: 19.44" x 24.94" 40ct – Design: 12.10" x 17.05" Fabric: 18.10" x 23.05"                

Stitch Guide

Sarah stitched her sampler with cross stitch over 2 threads, Algerian eyelets, stem stitch and satin stitch. The design has been counted out for you within the graph, no tracing is required. Please refer to the graph not the model as the undulating berried border was drawn onto the fabric for the model and will vary slightly to the counted version within the graph. Please click HERE  to access a downloadable stitch tutorial and video based on some of the motifs found in Sarah's sampler.

The sampler has been rated as suitable for intermediate and advanced stitchers.

  Cross Stitch is made up of 2 stitches  worked over 2 threads. Make all your stitches cross in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.     Satin Stitch –  run a straight stitch between each thread of the fabric in the direction shown on the chart. Use 1 thread  making  repeated passes until the desired coverage is achieved.     Algerian Eyelet – Enter your needle at 1, go down at 2, up at 3, down at 4 and so on until your eyelet stitch is complete. With each stitch pull the thread slightly so that the fabric distorts slightly, as it’s this tensioning action that creates the holes in the centre of each stitch.   oie_transparent-89   Stem Stitch ~ when working from left to right. Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2. Bring needle back up halfway between 1 and 2 at 3. Be sure to keep thread below the needle. When working from right to left keep the thread above the needle.   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.    

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