Hands Across the Sea Samplers tells us: "It has been a delight to reproduce this colourful and whimsical sampler which was stitched by Elizabeth Furniss in 1836 (during the reign of William IV) when she was 13 years of age. The surname of “Furnass” is of Old Norse-Viking origins, and is a locational name from Furness, a district on the south coast of what is now Cumberland.
Elizabeth’s well-known verse, stitched across three lines at the top of the sampler, straddles a central cartouche which bears her name and age." The verse reads:
Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
As the first effort of a females hand
And has her fingers on the canvas move
Engage her tender heart to seek thy love
With thy dear children may she have a part
And write thy Name thyself upon her heart
The stitch count is 347w x 358h. The sampler is worked entirely in cross-stitch over 2 threads, only the text and two small lambs are over 1 thread.
The model was stitched on 40 count hand dyed Vintage Sand Dune linen from Lakeside Linens using Soie d'Alger silk thread. A DMC conversion is included.
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