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Alice Williams 1881 ~ A Little Gem from Hands Across The Sea Samplers

    This small primer 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.

    Alice’s sweet primer charmed us from the first moment we saw it. We had little hope of finding Alice as the surname of Williams is one of the most common in the United Kingdom. However, good fortune smiled on our research. In the year that Alice stitched her primer a census was conducted. There was only one girl of the right age with the name of Alice Williams living in Cheltenham in the year 1881.

    Alice’s primer was stitched with wool thread that was variegated, which was most unusual in the 1880s, so unusual that we decided to remove the sampler from its frame to explore the reverse. Our examination confirmed that the wool used was indeed variegated. Not with the gradual colour changes that we are used to today but with a clearly defined variegation.

    The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on Aida, linaida or linen. Alice is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.

    Included in the pdf download are twelve graphs.

    Graph 1 ~ a four-page colour block and symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Simply Wool.
    Graph 2 ~ a one-page colour block and symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Simply Wool (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC).
    Graph 3 ~ a four-page black and white symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Simply Wool.
    Graph 4 ~ a one-page black and white symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Simply Wool (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC).
    Graph 5 ~ a four-page colour block and symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.
    Graph 6 ~ a one-page colour block and symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC).
    Graph 7 ~ a four-page black and white symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.
    Graph 8 ~ a one-page black and white symbol graph using The Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC).
    Graph 9 ~ a four-page colour block and symbol graph using Weeks Dyeworks Cotton Floss.
    Graph 10~ a one-page colour block and symbol graph using Weeks Dyeworks Cotton Floss (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC).
    Graph 11~ a four-page black and white symbol graph using Weeks Dyeworks Cotton Floss.
    Graph 12 ~ a one-page black and white symbol graph using Weeks Dyeworks Cotton Floss (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, or PC).

    Stitch count is 105 W x 138 H.

    Alice's Primer has been stitched in 3 different versions with Hand dyed Wool or Cotton floss.

    We have suggested 36 count Straw hand dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with Wool from the Gentle Art OR 46 count Straw hand dyed Zweigart linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with Cotton hand dyed floss from either The Gentle Art or Weeks Dye Works.

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    Alice Williams 1881 ~ A Little Gem from Hands Across The Sea Samplers

    Item# HATSAWill
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    Alice Williams PDF chart:
    46 count Straw hand dyed Zweigart linen from Weeks Dye Works 18" x 13.5" ~ $24.75
    Hand dyed Cotton floss from The Gentle Art 11 skeins ~ $43.45
    Hand dyed Cotton floss from Weeks Dye Works 11 skeins ~ $43.45
    36 count Straw hand dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works 18" x 13.5" for Wool Version ~ $20.50
    Hand dyed Simply Wool from The Gentle Art 15 skeins ~ $82.50
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