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.

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

 

This distinctive sampler has been reproduced 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. However,  if you are filling the lawns with Turkey work you may need an extra skein of 3424/502. If you replace this stitch with cross stitch a second skein is not required.

Soie 100.3         Soie d’Alger   DMC                  Colour Description

022                       524                       370                       Mustard ~ medium

048                       2236                     869                       Hazelnut brown ~ very dark

176                       1013                     224                       Shell pink ~ very light

197                       3424 x 2 **         502 x 2 **           Blue green

199                       2143                     733                       Olive green ~ medium

217                       4112                     950                       Desert sand ~ light

224                       4232                     676                      Old gold ~ light

338                       3414                     451                       Shell grey ~ dark

393                       2944                     3705                    Melon ~ dark

430                       1424                     336                       Navy blue

524                       3026                     777                       Raspberry ~ very dark

597                       3346                     838                       Beige brown ~ very dark

674                       2514                     3820                     Straw ~ dark

682                       2635                     920                       Copper ~ medium

**  An extra skein may be required if you are filling the lawns with Turkey work. This does not apply to Soie 100.3 197.

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. 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.

The model was stitched on 45ct Legacy Linen in Woven Sedge (linen colour comparable to DMC shades 3033/3782).

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 156 stitches (w) x 169 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

28ct: Design: 11.14″ x 12.07″ Fabric: 17.14″ x 18.07″

30ct: Design: 10.40″ x 11.27″ Fabric: 16.40″ x 17.27″

32ct: Design: 9.75″ x 10.56″ Fabric: 15.75″ x 16.56″

36ct: Design: 8.67″ x 9.39″ Fabric: 14.67″ x 15.39″

40ct: Design: 7.80″ x 8.45″ Fabric: 13.80″ x 14.45″

46ct: Design: 6.78″ x 7.35″ Fabric: 12.78″ x 13.35″

56ct: Design: 5.57″ x 6.04″ Fabric: 11.57″ x 12.04″

Stitch Guide

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. 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.

Cross stitch ~ When working cross stitch the top stitch should always lie in the same direction for a neat and uniform finish.

 

 

Double running stitch ~ On the outward journey you mark out the motif and on the return trip you fill in the gaps. It is also called Holbein stitch.

Turkey Work/Ghiordes Knot ~ Take your needle down through the fabric at 1, bring it back up at 2 and go back down at 3. Bring back up at 4, leave a loop before going down at 5. Legs 2/3, 6/7 & 10/11 secure the loops in place.

Work this stitch in rows, the gap between rows will depend on the count of your fabric and the number of threads used on your needle. Experiment with coverage.

When the area is covered clip the loops and fluff up the tufts of thread. You may wish to tidy the lawn by trimming the tufts to equal lengths just like mowing a lawn!

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.