The Chequerboard House – EB 1860, A Little Gem


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This charming sampler is brought to you as the second 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.





The sampler features a house with a lawn stitched in Turkey work / Ghiordes knot that can be found in many Scottish samplers. The patchwork effect of the stone blocks the young girl used to “build” her house gives the sampler a distinctive look of its own.

EB recorded the year as 1860 but how we wish she had found a space to stitch her name. Was she an Elise or Elspeth? Maybe she was Euna Buchannan, a good Scottish name.

The verse that EB chose to stitch on her sampler “In all thy ways acknowledge God and he shall direct thy paths” is taken from Proverbs 3:6. It teaches that God will help us with the unknown, if we will obey the known. The little girl chose well ; it is succinctly and beautifully phrased and is as good a mantra for these times as it was in 1860.

With the exception of the two tiny birds, that are stitched in cross stitch over one, the sampler is suitable for stitching on linen or Aida. We have included two birds cross stitched over 2 threads of linen for you, if preferred,  to replace the ones stitched over one thread of linen.

The stitches used are mainly cross stitch over two threads of linen and double running stitch. The three lawns below the house are stitched with Turkey work but this could be replaced with cross stitches and the graph accounts for this.

In addition to a 6-page annotated colour graph a black and white symbol graph has been included within this .pdf.

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