This sampler is brought to you as part of a series of “Little Gems” that are available only as a .pdf download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers. The project has been stitched using cross stitch over two threads and is rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability. Minnie's sampler and can be stitched either on Aida, Linaida, or linen.
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 four-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 four-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).
Minnie’s sweet sampler certainly stood out for us as an example of a child’s needlework. Using only two colours, the twelve-year-old child recorded her alphabet in the upper and lower case, her numbers through 1 to 10, and a verse taken from Exodus 20:12. “Honour thy father and mother that thy days may belong upon the land and which the Lord thy God giveth thee”.
Whilst we have no contemporary account of Minnie’s character, we suspect that her concentration wavered as she plied her needle. You will need to take care and follow the charted stitches – Minnie has trouble keeping to a straight line in sections. For us this adds to the charm of a child’s work.
Minnie Standlake was born in the October of 1884 at South Tawton in the beautiful county of Devon. Minnie was one of ten children born over a 22-year period. She was the daughter of a farmer of 180 acres, which is a considerably sized farm. The Arscotts and the Standlakes had been neighbours. Minnie married Charles Henry Westlake in April 1909. Charles worked as a labourer on the railway. Sadly, it is noted that their only child had died. Minnie’s life was a short one, she died in the March of 1923 at the age of 38. The Greek word for honour means “to revere, prize, and value.” Someone cherished Minnie’s little sampler, and we very much hope that it was a daughter or son.
Minnie’s sampler has been reproduced using a palette of two 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 is required whether working on 28ct linen / 14ct Aida through to 56ct linen.Stitch count is 129 W x 166 H.
Model was stitched on a 56 count hand dyed Zweigart based linen and stitched with Soie 100.3. We have suggested a few choices for hand dyed linens in different counts as well as a few thread choices.
Please check the boxes above to add the chart, linen and threads to your order.