This design will be released at the Nashville Needlework Market in March 2019.
Nicola tells us: " We believe that this traditional English sampler was stitched by Eliza “as the first efforts of a youthful hand”, in the first half of the 19th century, as part of her education. The sampler shows aptitude for needlework and her stitching is precise. The sampler was executed in fine silks which some 200 hundred years later have retained their vibrancy. Regrettably the sampler yields no further insights into Eliza and it is only against a background of the period in which she lived that we can get a “glimpse” of what life was like for her and other Victorian women. It takes a considerable leap of the imagination for a 21st century woman to realise what her life would have been like had she been born in Eliza’s time and walked in her footsteps.
The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, a handful of satin stitches and Algerian eyelets. The sampler is suitable for all level of abilities.
The stitch count is 276 W x 368 H.
The original was stitched on a 50 count hand dyed linen .
We suggest stitching on a hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linen in a count ranging from 36 to 46. Chart is designed using Soie d’Alger silk floss. A DMC
conversion is included.
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