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The Chequerboard House ~ EB 1860 ~ A Little Gem from Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    This charming sampler is brought to you as the second in a series of “Little Gems” that are available in this time of global crisis as a .pdf download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.

    You can choose to order the chart download and supplies from us or the chart from Hands Across the Sea Samplers' web site.  We will email your pdf download as soon as your payment is received.

    Nicola tells us: "The sampler features a house with a lawn stitched in Turkey work / Ghiordes knot that can be found in many Scottish samplers. The patchwork effect of the stone blocks the young girl used to “build” her house gives the sampler a distinctive look of its own.

    "EB recorded the year as 1860 but how we wish she had found a space to stitch her name. Was she an Elise or Elspeth? Maybe she was Euna Buchannan, a good Scottish name.

    "The verse that EB chose to stitch on her sampler “In all thy ways acknowledge God and he shall direct thy paths” is taken from Proverbs 3:6. It teaches that God will help us with the unknown, if we will obey the known. The little girl chose well ; it is succinctly and beautifully phrased and is as good a mantra for these times as it was in 1860.

    With the exception of the two tiny birds, that are stitched in cross stitch over one, the sampler is suitable for stitching on linen or Aida. We have included two birds cross stitched over 2 threads of linen for you, if preferred,  to replace the ones stitched over one thread of linen.

    The stitches used are mainly cross stitch over two threads of linen and double running stitch. The three lawns below the house are stitched with Turkey work but this could be replaced with cross stitches and the graph accounts for this.

    In addition to a 6-page annotated colour graph a black and white symbol graph has been included within this .pdf.

    This distinctive sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 14 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein of each colour is required. However,  if you are filling the lawns with Turkey work you may need an extra skein of 3424/502. If you choose the Soie 100/3 option, we will include 1 skein of the SDA for the Turley Work. If you replace this stitch with cross stitch a second skein is not required.

    The model was stitched on 45ct Legacy Linen in Woven Sedge (linen colour comparable to DMC shades 3033/3782).

    If you prefer to stitch with Soie d'Alger on a less fine count of linen, we will be doing a "floss toss" and choosing either a 37 or 38 count Legacy Linen from Access Commodities that suits the silk thread coloors.

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    The Chequerboard House ~ EB 1860 ~ A Little Gem from Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    Item# HATSCH
    Price: See Options For Pricing
    Please choose from the following:
    Soie 100/3 x 14 spools - includes SDA x1 for Turkey work $75.80
    Soie d'Alger x 15 skeins - includes extra for Turkey work $112.50
    DMC Cotton floss x 15 skeins - includes extra for Turkey work $18.75
    45 count Jersey Cream Legacy Linen 18" x 17.5" $19.40
    37 or 38 count Legacy Linen - color and price to be determined
    John James Short Beading Needle with Tapestry (ball) point #10 ~ package of 6 $6.50
    Peacock Thread Cutter from Bohin $29.95
    Rabbit Scissors with Silver Finish $38.50