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 Coilbound 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 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 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).
Ruth Gibb is a very sweet little sampler stitched entirely in cross stitch over 2 threads and using only one colour – a rich, deep red, which concentrates the eye. The stitches pop out from the linen like jewels.
The lacy border frames the alphabets which are stitched in a very pretty font. The capital letter alphabet has an anomaly in the sequence of letters. The line ends with V X, and the W Y Z are stitched below. Either this was an error by Ruth, or it seems more likely to be by design, as the number of stitches needed to stitch the W would make it too big for the space at the end of the row. Perhaps she stitched the border first and then realised it wouldn’t fit and improvised. We’ll never know, but you can decide which way you think it was.
A lovely endearing feature of this sampler is the very different font style that Ruth has chosen to stitch her name. This closely matches Ruth’s own written signature on the Register of Marriage, 20 years later. It is as though, even at 11 years old, she was practising signing her name for the future.
Ruth was born on August 20, 1871 in Chiddingly, Sussex. Several pages of information have been provided on Ruth. We hope you enjoy stitching Ruth; she is a true delight. Even the smallest and simplest of samplers can have such a big story to tell.
The design area is 145 stitches (w) x 105 stitches (h).
The model was stitched using a hand dyed linen which is not available to us. We have suggested an alternative in a few different counts.The sampler is stitched with cross stitch over two threads of linen and has been rated as suitable for needleworkers of all abilities.
Ruth’s sampler has been reproduced using Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie. Conversions are provided for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein is required when working on 36ct linen and higher. A lower count will require 2 skeins.=
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Ruth Gibb 1882, A PDF Download OR Printed Booklet ~ Hands Across the Sea Samplers