This delightful sampler is brought to
you as part of a series of “Little Gems” that are available as a .pdf
download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.
Ann’s sampler is magnificent and caught our eye the moment we saw her listed for sale at an auction in England. The sampler was described as:“A 19th century needlework Sampler by Ann Castle, dated 1811, 45cm x 32cm, (the owners grandparents believe the image of the house in the sampler is that of Holly Cottage, 18 High Street, Wargrave, Berkshire. Ann Castle lived in the cottage which formed part of the estate of the local manor house, the (owners) grandparents lived in the house as both were in service at the local manor house, one as a chauffeur and the other as a housemaid. They continued to live at Holly Cottage after their retirement and it is possible that the sampler was in Holly Cottage while they lived there and was subsequently gifted to them at some point. While the sampler shows three upstairs windows you can see from the photo with the sampler that the middle window was bricked up during the Georgian period to avoid the window tax”.There are 4 versions of the pdf. You will be able to download any or all of the following versions of the pdf and the graph:Version 1 ~ A pdf with a twenty-five-page colour chart.Version 2 ~ A pdf with a one-page colour chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).Version 3 ~ A pdf with a twenty- five-page black and white symbol chart.
Version 4 ~ A pdf with a one-page black and white symbol chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).
Ann’s sampler has been stitched with a palette of twenty colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie d’Alger. We have provided conversions for Soie 100.3 and DMC. Estimated thread quantities for varying linen counts and the number of strands of thread used have been listed below.
The design is suitable for intermediate and advanced needleworkers but is not beyond a determined beginner. The stitches used are cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch, stem stitch, a few Algerian eyelets and long-arm cross stitch.
Stitch count is 327 W x 395 H.
The Model was stitched on 46 count Parchment hand dyed Zweigart linen from Weeks Dye Works.
We have suggested 36, 40 and 46 count linen versions for you to stitch this lovely sampler on.
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