Hands Across the Sea Samplers tell us: "Mary Clayton’s sweet sampler is a delightful example of a young
child’s artwork. Mary tells us that she was aged 9 years when she
stitched her sampler. She has given no year or location, however, we
believe that the sampler is English and was stitched in the mid 1800’s. An imposing building first catches the eye. Maybe this was a church
run school or orphanage as the roof is topped by a cross. Above hovers
two trumpeting angels signifying the word of God and reinforcing our
first thought that the building is connected in some way to a church
institution. The bottom section of the sampler is full of out of
proportion trees, potted roses and a basket of fruit. "
Mary’s sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks and stitched with1 strand on 36 count hand dyed linen fabric. Needlepoint
Inc. Silk and DMC Cotton floss conversions included based on 1 or 2 strands respectively.
Stitch count is 201 W x 183 H.
The sampler has been reproduced using the mellowed colours found on the front of the sampler today.