This design was released at the Nashville Needlework Market in March 2017.
Nicola tells us: "Hands Across the Sea Samplers are pleased to present to you “Helen Kedslie 1815” an impressive and exquisitely stitched example of samplers worked in Scotland during this period. The majority of Scottish samplers were stitched in the Scottish School System or with a teacher who specialized in sewing and embroidery. Learning to sew was a very important lesson for girls.
The sampler’s colourful, trailing rose vine border contains several motifs associated with Scottish school girl samplers. The large building featured is found on many Scottish samplers and it is possible that it is a School. The two story pediment building has a lawn in front stitched in varying shades of green together with an imposing set of gates, stone wall and picket fence. Other motifs of note on the sampler include two six tailed peacocks; a lion with his tail curved over his back in an “S” shape; a pyramid of strawberries; a beautiful basket filled with flowers and a basket of fruit; numerous birds, including eagles or phoenixes and a stylised swan; deer, rabbits, cat and dog. Diamond shaped fir trees, worked in cross stitch, often seen in Scottish samplers are featured together with four unusual and distinctive stem and satin stitched trees which we have carefully counted out for you within the graph. A beautiful moss rose and Scotland’s national floral emblem, the thistle, are also featured.
The sampler is well travelled having been acquired by Nicola Parkman in England, from an auction house in Canada where Kedslies from Scotland are known to have settled in the 1800’s.
The verse from Ecclesiastes 12.1 reads as follows:
"Remember now thy creator in
The days of thy youth while the
Evil days come not nor the years
Draw nigh when though shalt say
I have no pleasure in them.
The stitch count is 326w x 491h. Stitches include cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch, a handful of queen stitches, rice stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, double running stitch and bullion stitch.
The model was stitched on 40 count hand dyed Sand Dune linen from Lakeside Linens using Soie d’Alger silk floss. A DMC conversion is included. Please check the boxes above to add these items to your order.