The ‘language of flowers’ was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
The English are famous for their roses, and roses are deeply implanted in the English heart. They bring a sweetness of fragance and beauty of colouring, the rose is the queen of an English garden blooming from early summer until the Christmas bells ring out.
This flower is one of the oldest and most popular flowers known to man. Long a symbol of love and passion, the ancient Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, their goddesses of love. It has been used for hundreds of years to convey messages without words. Each colour of the rose offers a distinct meaning and in the language of flowers the varying shades of colour can mean different things. Nicola chose to depict a multi-coloured rose to convey a message which is partially explained within the pdf download. Like many of the hidden meanings in antique samplers, there is an additional cryptic message which will remain unexplained and is intended to be understood by only one other.
We hope as you ply your needle your work will bloom just like beautiful flowers in a garden. Your completed sampler will be the fruit of your labour and a lasting treasure for you to enjoy!
Graph 1 ~ One-page colour symbol graph.
Graph 2 ~ One-page black and white symbol graph.
Graph 3 ~ Four-page colour symbol graph.
Graph 4 ~ Four-page black and white symbol graph.
Graph 5 ~ A font that can be used for you to personalise your sampler .
Graph 6 ~ A blank sheet of graph paper for you to work out the placement for your personalisation.
The stitches are cross stitch over 2 threads, running stitch and satin stitch.This project is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.
Only One Rose has been stitched with a palette of 14 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 of each colour is required.
Nicola stitched her sampler on Legacy Linen’s Sycamore Seedpod and we have also suggested a couple of count alternatives.
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