"God bless this baby, so new to the earth, what a wonderful miracle this sweet child's birth!" Model stitched on 28 count Antique White Lugana with Threadworx, caron Collection Waterlilies, SJ Designs Beads, Mill Hill Beads, Glissen Gloss Rainbow Blending Thread, Kreinik #4 Braid, and Offray 1/8" white ribbon. Pattern includes both girl and boy color schemes. Stitch count: 140W x 218H.tems needed but not listed above are Offray Ribbon 1/8"white (approximately 1 yard)
Model stitched one over two on 32 Ct. Straw linen using Classic Colorworks, Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works (or all DMC 3863, 3033, 3031, 221, 642, 3021, 3011, 611). Stitch Count: 141W x 139H. Design Size: 8.81" x 8.68"
"To be a child is to know the joy of living. To have a child is to know the beauty of life." Model stitched on 28 Ct. Antique White evenweave with Sullivan's Floss (or DMC 3811, 598, 597, 353, 352, 3813, 676, 3046, 435, 351, 3809). Stitch Count: 90x106.
Model stitched over 2 threads on 36 Ct. Vintage Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens with Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Deep Orange with red, Gloriana #149, DMC #355, 420, 422 (or all DMC 920, 347, 355, 420, 422). Stitch Count: 88x58
Reproduction cross stitch pattern from Hands Across the Sea Samplers!
Note from the designer:
Mary stitched her delightful sampler with cross stitch over two threads of linen and four-sided stitch. The sampler is suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability and can be stitched on Aida, Linaida or linen.
What a shame that Mary did not record the year she finished her sampler and other information such as a date or location. The samplers stitched by Stuart, Georgian, and Victorian schoolgirls can provide us with a window through which we can catch glimpses of their lives. Recreating their work is a time when we can remember the forgotten women.
So often women disappear into history, their lives unrecorded. Yet in the face of enormous challenges, numerous women have fought their way to the fore and flourished. There are so many women overlooked who defied the norm, excelled, and made lasting impacts on those around them and beyond. Did Mary grow up to be such a woman? Sadly, we will never know.
Mary's sampler was most probably stitched sometime during the long reign of Queen Victoria between the ages of 8 and 12. She used 20ct Penelope canvas and wool to execute her sampler. The vibrant colours she chose have only mellowed slightly, and it is the colours from the front of the sampler today that we have used in our reproduction.
Mary was industrious with her needle, covering her fabric with a multitude of charming motifs. Her sampler reminds us of Christmas with its rich greens and reds.
Two swans catch the eye. White swans symbolise light, grace, beauty, love, and purity. The swan is an emblem of feminine beauty and softness. Fairy tales feature swans as emblems of devotion, loyalty, and monogamy; this comes from the fact that the swan mates once in a lifetime.
Other motifs include a farmer and his wife, two cottages, towering fir trees, owls, stags, rampant lions, goats, dogs, shrubs and plants, and a pair of parrots. All contained within a border of rose campions.
We hope that you enjoy stitching Mary Snow's sampler as much as we have enjoyed reproducing her.
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Antique cross stitch pattern from Mill On The Floss Samplers featuring the sentiment:
Why do we mourn departing friends
Or shake at deaths alarms
Tis but the voice that Jesus sends
To call them to his arms
Model stitched on 37 ct. Sotema "Vintage Tea Rose using Au Vers a Soie d'Algers silk. Stitch count is 199 x 217.
Cross stitch pattern from Hands Across the Sea Samplers dated 1882!
Model is stitched using Zweigart based linen that was overdyed to the shade Marbled Khaki by xJuDesigns. The sampler is suitable fro stitching on aida, linen, and linaida. Stitch count is 145 x 105. (Soie 100.3 #335, Soie d'Alger #2646)
Five antique samplers are included with this collection. Select a fabric and thread of your choice.
Abingdon 1878 Stitch Count: 190W x 158H. Berta Heinen Sampler 1904 Stitch Count: 166W x 171H. The Brkits L Sampler Stitch Count: 195W x 155H. The Greek Key Sampler Stitch Count: 114W x 108H. The Star Sampler Stitch Count: 191W x 139H.
Model stitched on 36 Ct. Vintage Pecan Butter linen using Weeks Dye works and Gentle Art Sampler Threads(or all DMC floss 801, 935, 518, 501, 3011, 3046, 920, 498, 152, 3858, 3712, 371, 524, 522, 3859, 3864). Stitch count is 183W x 99H.
"Jesus permit thy sacred name to stand as the first effort of an infant's hand, and while her fingers on the canvas move, engage her tender thoughts to ask thy love. Among thy children let her have a part and write thy name thyself upon her heart." Model stitched on 32 Ct. Vintage Examplar linen with Weeks Dye Works floss (or DMC 319, 356, 400, 422, 436, 610, 926, 927, 939, 3022, 3052, Ecru). Stitch Count: 294W x 229H.
Model stitched on 40 ct Olde Towne Blend using Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Arts & Classic Colorworks. (DMC alternates are 221 224 (2 needed) 225 315 407 611 647 730 (3 needed) 3046 3787 (2 needed) 3841 3859 ecru)A personalization chart has been included for you to stitch your name or a loved ones name in the place of "Mary Jane Carver". Stitch count 247x215.
"Down in a greened and shady bed, A modest bluebell grew. It's stalks was bent, it hung it's head. As if to hide from view. And yet it was a lovely flower. It's colors bright and fair. It might have graced a rosy bower. Instead of hiding here.
Model stitched on 28 Ct. Shale Cashel linen by Picture this Plus, using Weeks Dye Works. Stitch count 268x166.
Antique cross stitch pattern from Heartstring Samplery!
Note from the designer:
Without a full name, I was unable to locate the original stitcher of this sampler, but there are some bits of information that can be gleaned from some of the motifs. In particular, the interesting monograms on the upper left of the wreath. The IHS with the cross over it represents Jesus, the three letters being taken from the Greek word for his name. This arrangement is part of the Jesuit emblem and Redemptorist coat of arms, but also used elsewhere by Catholic and Protestant denominations alike. The IXXR represents Mary, but is a more rare depiction, as her name is usually shown as the monogram IXXI. The addition of the letter R appears to represent the word "Regina" for Queen. The Lobster made me think of Maine and Cape Cod in the United States, but this motif has been found on samplers around the world; I found references to Lobsters on samplers from Denmark, Austria, and Germany, as well as the United States and England.
Model stitched on 40 ct. Vintage Fawn using Needlepoint Inc. threads.(NPI 123, 187, 203, 307, 243, 251, 292, 294, 471, 565, 843, 851, 901, 902, 921, 928, 952). Stitch count is 227 x 298.