This delightful sampler is brought to you as the seventh 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: "Who was this little girl? Jane offers us very few clues in her sampler other than her name and a year. The General Records Office holds over 260 million records, yet we are unable to find a birth having been registered for Jane Harth!
We do find a Jane Harth born in around the year 1854 recorded in the 1871 census working as one of two servants in the household of George Shepherd, a retired grocer, and his adult son.
This Jane was born in Tetney, Lincolnshire. If this was our Jane, then she would have stitched her sampler when she was 14 years old. We would not expect a humble servant to have remained in school until this age.
There is a recorded sampler stitched by Margaret Spender in 1810 that features the same distinctive vase with carnations either side of a tulip. Whilst this is much faded, it is unmistakably the same motif that Jane stitched 58 years later. Whilst Jane may have faded from living memory and her identity lost in the passing of the years, her sampler will now be enjoyed by needleworkers in the 21st century.
Once they have seen it, who could forget her psychedelic art that could grace a Jimi Hendrix album cover!"
The two graphs included in the download are:
Graph 1 ~ a nine-page colour symbol graph.Graph 2 ~ a nine-page black and white symbol graph.
The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on linen or Aida.
Jane is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.
Jane’s vibrant sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 19 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3.
Conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC are included. Only one spool or skein of each colour is required when stitching with 40ct linen /20ct Aida and higher. If you are using under 40ct linen/20ct Aida, you will need two skeins of DMC 909 or Soie d’Alger 236.
Jane stitched her sampler with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen.
The model was stitched on Lakeside Linen in Vintage Pecan Butter. The linen on the original sampler is closest in colour to DMC shade 422.
The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability and can be stitched on Aida or linen.
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Jane Harth 1868 ~ A Little Gem from Hands Across the Sea Sampler