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Maria Vincenza Laricchia 1837, A PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    This sampler is brought to you as part of a series of designs that are available as either a .PDF download by Hands Across the Sea Samplers or a Printed Chart.

    There are 4 versions of the pdf. You will be able to download any or all of the following pdf and graph versions:
    Version 1 ~ A twenty four-page colour chart.
    Version 2 ~ A one-page colour chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).
    Version 3 ~ A twenty four-page black and white symbol chart.
    Version 4 ~ A one-page black and white chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).

    At Hands Across the Sea Samplers we are drawn to red samplers, whether they are simple primers or large samplers comprising of rows of complex border patterns that were stitched in George Müller’s orphanage at Ashley Downs, Bristol. We just cannot resist a red sampler!

    Maria’s sampler, a trilogy, comes not from England but from the Puglia area of Italy. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, is an ancient land that is known for its sunny dry climate. It is a land of sea, hills, endless plains, and its amazing coastline on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea.

    Maria finished her sampler in 1837. It is possible that she was ten years of age as this number appears to the right of her name. To the left of her name she stitched IO, the Italian for “I”. Maria married Fortunato Giannone, and they lived in Terlizzi – a town found to the west of the seaport of Bari on the Adriatic Sea. Their son Tommaso Giannone was born in 1859.

    There are few surviving examples of early Italian embroidery. Italian medieval embroidery began in the great workrooms of Palermo in Sicily. After the Norman conquest of the island, Roger II patronised the embroiderers and improved the skills of the local silk weavers by importing professionals from Byzantium. By the end of the 14th century, the political troubles of the island of Sicily were affecting the production of textiles on the island.

    As in other parts of Europe in the 16th century, the use and production of needlework in the domestic setting was on the rise. Items that were embroidered included cushions, table linens, bed hangings, and items of clothing. It was common for young girls to learn to sew and embroider so that they could put together a “corredo”, a trousseau, or bottom-drawer. Traditionally, this was a collection of hand-sewn linens that included lingerie, bed sheets, pillow cases, towels, napkins, and table cloths.

    Maria stitched her sampler mainly with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen together with four-sided stitch. The project has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all levels of ability.

    The design area is 589 W x 270 H.

    The sampler is stitched with cross stitch over two threads of linen and has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.

    Maria's sampler has been reproduced using Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie. Conversions are provided for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Thread quantities will vary dependant upon fabric count and thread strands used.

    Model was stitched on 53/63 Sycamore Seedpod uneven linen from Legacy Linen. We have suggested a few alternatives in different counts.

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

    Maria Vincenza Laricchia 1837, A PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers

    Item# HATSMVL
    Price: See Options For Pricing
    Maria Vincenza Laricchia 1837 Chart:
    37 count CornTassel linen from Legacy Linen 36" x 35" ~ $81.00
    DMC Cotton floss 10 skeins 2 strands over 2 threads ~ $12.50
    45 count Foxtail Millet linen from Legacy Linen 18" x 35" ~ $40.00
    Silks from Soie d'Alger 7 skeins ~ $52.50
    53 count Sycamore Seedpod linen from Legacy Linen 18" x 35" ~ $23.50
    Soie 100/3 silks 4 spools ~ $23.80
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