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Martha Guthrie 1880, A PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    This sampler is brought to you as part of a series of “Little Gems” that were previously only available as a .PDF download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers but this design is also being released as a Printed Booklet at the same time. The project has been stitched using cross stitch over two threads and is rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability. Martha's sampler and can be stitched either on Aida, Linaida, or linen.

    Printed Booklet Version ~ Martha's booklet is presented to you in the A5 spiral bound booklet printed on heavy weight card stock/paper in a portrait orientation.

    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 three-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 three-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).

    Martha Guthrie is such a pretty Scottish sampler! We were drawn to the “freshness” of the palette she chose to stitch her schoolgirl sampler with. Martha recorded that she finished her sampler on December 20, 1880, which was a Monday. She tells us that she attended Lady Anne Speirs’ school and in the tradition of Scottish samplers notes her parents’ and siblings’ initials.

    Martha was born on May 15, 1868 at Bridgeton, Lanarkshire to Gilbert Guthrie (GG) and Catherine née Knox (CK). She was the second of four children born to her parents. Her father was recorded as having various occupations; throughout the decades, he worked as a carter, boilermaker, and rivetter. The family moved from Bridgeton to Renfrew, Glasgow, sometime between 1868 and 1871 when they are recorded as living on the High Street. The school that Martha attended was the Female Industrial School at 127 High Street, Renfrew, only a few doors from her home. The school’s patron was Lady Anne Speirs of Elderslie.

    At 22 years of age Martha married John Templeton on December 31, 1889 in the Free Church of Scotland, Rosebank Hall, High Street, Renfrew. She was noted as a steam loom weaver, and John, who had been born in Ireland, as a ship’s carpenter. Together they would have four childrenand their first home was at 22 Bell Street in Renfrew.

    Martha died at 3.00 am on November 26, 1957 in a nursing home at Paisley. The death was recorded as heart failure and was notified by her eldest son John.


    The stitches used are cross stitch over two threads of linen and eyelet stitch.

    Martha’s sampler has been stitched with a palette of five colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein is required whether you are stitching the sampler on 28ct linen with two strands of thread or 56ct linen with one strand.

    Stitch count is 76 W x 193 H.

    Model was stitched on a hand dyed Zweigart based linen which is not available to us. We have suggested a few different count choices in the Pecan Butter hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linens and stitching with Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d'Alger and DMC.

    Please check the boxes above to add the chart in either the PDF format or the Printed Booklet, linen and threads to your order.

    Martha Guthrie 1880, A PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    Item# HATSMGuth
    Price: See Options For Pricing
    Martha Guthrie 1880 Reproduction Chart Required:
    36 count Pecan Butter hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linens 18" x 13.5" ~ $21.50
    DMC Cotton floss 5 skeins ~ $6.25
    40 count Pecan Butter hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linens 18" x 13.5" ~ $22.25
    Soie D'Alger silks 5 skeins ~ $37.50
    46 count Pecan Butter hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linens 18" x 13.5" ~ $23.75
    Soie 100/3 silks 5 spools ~ $29.75
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