The front cover shows the front and reverse of the original sampler.
Hands Across the Sea Samplers are proud to present to you, a beautiful reversible band sampler from the private collection of Nicola Parkman. The sampler was a gift from Nicola’s husband who knows his wife well and that antique needlework, and in particular band samplers, are his “girl’s best friend”!
The 1600’s is regarded as the golden age of band sampler making, and the sampler that MH finished nearly 400 years ago on May 23rd, 1656 is one of those very special pieces. She is a beautiful example of reverse stitching.
Nicola has spent innumerable hours studying under high magnification, every single stitch in this sampler. It has been fascinating to follow the path that MH’s needle took. This is a sampler which takes the needleworker on a journey – almost a musical journey with each of the bands having its own characteristics yet contributing to the piece as a whole. It almost seems as if MH was the conductor of an orchestra, bringing in her threads and colours at precisely the right time. She has demonstrated a mastery of melody, structure and orchestration, a command of tone, colour and harmony.
The chart calls for hand dyed linen in your choice of counts (46 count is the closest to the original antique sampler) and Soie d'Alger silk thread. A DMC conversion is supplied.
Please check the boxes above to have these items added to your order.
To assist with choosing your linen, Nicola has provided the two DMC colours that are closest to the colour of the antique sampler.They are 3045 and 167.
MH 1656 ~ My Beloved's Gift from Hands Across the Sea Samplers