This sampler is brought to you as part of a series of designs that are available only as a PDF download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers.
Ellen finished her sampler on Monday, February 3, 1879 when she was 12 years old. The day must have been a momentous one, and we can imagine her excitement. Some 142 years later we are very excited to share the reproduction of her sampler with you.
Ellen Martha Whiting was baptised in St Mary’s Church in the village of Colkirk, Norfolk, England on Wednesday, October 9, 1867.
Our journey with Ellen’s vibrant sampler has been a joyous one. Reproducing her sampler was undertaken in the very early days of the pandemic, and she brought calm and much comfort to all involved at a time of great uncertainty.
We were very drawn to the sampler’s colours and the motifs that Ellen meticulously stitched. Note her verse “as the first efforts of a maiden’s hand” rather than “an infant’s hand”.
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 twelve-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 twelve-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).
Ellen’s sampler has been stitched with a rich palette of thirty-two colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC.
Stitch count is 250 W x 266 H.
Model was stitched on a 46 count Straw hand dyed Zweigart based linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with Soie 100.3. Conversions are included for Soie d'Alger and DMC.
Please check the boxes above to add the chart, linen and threads to your order.
Emily Martha Whiting 1879, a PDF download from Hands Across the Sea Samplers