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Mary Ann Ragg 1826 ~ PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    This sampler is brought to you as part of a series of New Releases that available as a .pdf download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers OR a Printed booklet. Mary Ann Ragg is rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability.

    Antique samplers combine our love of needlework and history. One of the first things we do when spotting a sampler is to check family history records. So many of these girls died young, often in childbirth, but there are a few who through clues left in their sampler tell a fascinating story and take you on a journey through time.

    Mary Ann Ragg recorded that she was 12 years old in 1826 when she finished her sampler. However, this is not the only clue to her identity that she left behind. The pastoral scene, red building, mature cedar trees, birds, and cartouche are characteristic to samplers stitched in the city of Sheffield. Several years ago, Hands Across the Sea Samplers reproduced another sampler that was stitched in Sheffield, Elizabeth Furniss. Whilst researching this sampler, we discovered five girls who stitched very similar samplers. We believe that the girls shared the same needlework teacher, and all probably attended Darnall School (assuming that the teacher taught in the same school between 1816 and 1844).

    Prior to the early 1900s, it was fairly common for surnames to be recorded with a wide range of spellings. Individuals may have used different versions on a day-to-day basis. Even William Shakespeare spelt his surname in at least six different ways over his lifetime. We believe that the Mary Ann Wragg we have found is the Mary Ann Ragg who stitched the sampler. Both Elizabeth Furniss’ and Mary Ann’s fathers worked as cutters. Cutlery means “that which cuts” and can be anything from pocket knives to scissors, ice skates, and scythes. Most manufacturing was concentrated within a square mile of the city centre where the families lived. We have found a Mary Ann Wragg marrying in 1840 but can find no further trace of her. We wonder what life held for Mary Ann. However, we do know that several generations who came after her cherished and cared for her needlework.

    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 sixteen-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 sixteen-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).

    Mary Ann’s sampler has been stitched with a palette of seventeen 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 232 W x 313 H.

    Model was stitched on a 46 count Cocoa hand dyed Zweigart based linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with Soie 100.3. Conversions are included for Soie d'Alger and DMC. We have included a few linen count choices for you as well.

    Please check the boxes above to add the chart, linen and threads to your order.

    Mary Ann Ragg 1826 ~ PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    Item# HATSMAR
    Price: See Options For Pricing
    Mary Ann Ragg 1826 Reproduction chart:
    36 count Cocoa hand dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works 18" x 27" (2" allowance on all sides) ~ $41.00
    DMC Cotton floss 20 skeins ~ $25.00
    40 count Straw hand dyed Zweigart linen from Weeks Dye Works 18" x 27" ~ $45.50
    Soie d'Alger silks 18 skeins ~ $135.00
    46 count Straw hand dyed Zweigart linen from Weeks Dye Works 18" x 27" ~ $49.50
    Soie 100/3 silks 17 spools ~ $101.15
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