This sampler is brought to you as a
Printed Booklet and 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. Rosa’s
sampler can be stitched either on Aida, Linaida, or linen.
Printed Booklet Version ~ Rosa's booklet is presented to you in a new style for Hands Across the Sea Samplers ~ an A5 spiral bound booklet printed on heavy weight card stock/paper in a portrait orientation.
PDF Download Version - 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 symbol chart (intended to be viewed/used on your tablet, phone, laptop, or computer).
We are delighted to present to you a very sweet sampler that was stitched by a four-year-old girl, Rosa Sugars. What a remarkable child Rosa was. Rosa tells us that she completed her sampler on July 20, a Wednesday, in the year 1881. We have found Rosa in family history records. She was born in July 1877 at Aspley End in Hertfordshire to Charles and Adelaide (née Sears). In the 1881 census, which was compiled in the April, Charles was noted as a butcher and Rosa, at the age of 3 years, as a scholar. One would have expected a three-year-old to have had no occupation recorded. It was unusual for a child of three to attend school. It is also unusual for a child to stitch a sampler at such a young age! Rosa only turned four in the July of 1881.
Rosa lived a long life, dying in hospital on November 17, 1962, aged 91 years. Her husband had died a few years earlier in 1959. We do not know what life held for Rosa, but we do know that her son Roland, a Major in the Royal Artillery, was a prisoner of war in Singapore in WWII. This must have been a dreadful time for Rosa. Roland survived and returned home at the end of the war.
We hope that you enjoy stitching Rosa’s sampler with all its endearing anomalies. Make sure you study the chart and count carefully!
Model was stitched on a 56 count hand dyed Zweigart based linen which is not available to us. We have suggested a few different count choices in the Vintage Light Examplar linen from Lakeside Linens and stitching with Soie 100.3. Rosa's sampler has been reproduced using a palette of eleven colours of silks. We have provided conversions for Soie d'Alger and DMC. Stitching with silks is 1 strand over 2 threads, while DMC is 2 strands over 2 threads.
Please check the boxes above to add the chart in either the PDF format or the Printed Booklet, linen and threads to your order.