Agnes Husband 1862 - A Little Gem by HATS

Nicola has generously made these gorgeous Little Gems available for download now via our store.  

Agnes’ sweet sampler is worked mainly in red and green, and follows the Scottish practice of recording family initials. Three sets of initials are stitched with black thread which indicated that those relatives were deceased. We have found Agnes in family history records and the pdf download includes information about her and her family.

The sampler is executed in band form with cross stitches over two threads of linen. Each band is separated by a dividing row worked in a different pattern. Agnes diligently recorded not only her name, the year she finished her sampler and her age but included “Wigton” the place that she lived.

Agnes’ delightful sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 3 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.

The model was stitched on 45ct Legacy Linen in Foxtail Millet. For a lower count of linen we would recommend Legacy Linen Corn Tassel in 37ct or a colour similar to DMC shades 712 or 739.


The design area is 52 stitches (w) x 205 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing. If working on an uneven linen such as 52/62 we would recommend that you orientate your linen so that the lower count is on the horizontal.

28ct: Design: 3.71″ x 14.64″ Fabric: 9.71″ x 20.64″

30ct: Design: 3.47″ x 13.67″ Fabric: 9.47″ x 19.67″

32ct: Design: 3.25″ x 12.81″ Fabric: 9.25″ x 18.81″

36ct: Design: 2.89″ x 11.39″ Fabric: 8.89″ x 17.39″

40ct: Design: 2.6″ x 10.25″ Fabric: 8.6″ x 16.25″

46ct: Design: 2.26″ x 8.91″ Fabric: 8.26″ x 14.91″

56ct: Design: 1.86″ x 7.32″ Fabric: 7.86″ x 13.32″

52/62ct: Design: 2.00″ x 6.61″ Fabric: 8.00″ x 12.61″




Soie 100.3          Soie d’Alger        DMC                     Colour Description

107                       2645                     347                       Salmon ~ very dark

707                       3724**                 3363                     Pine green ~ medium

773**                   3446                     3779                     Pewter grey – very dark

** as a result of the disruption caused by COVID-19 there is a global shortage of some of the most popular shades of silk.  If you experience a problem, we recommend 3723 as an alternative to 3724 and 774 as an alternative to 773.


Once purchased you will receive an email within 24 hours with the download attached and you can print it out yourself at home.  Please ensure your email is correct and you may need to check your junk/spam folder.

If you don't have access to a printer or would prefer a printed copy sent to you that option is available also.  Please choose Printed Copy and I'll print it on quality 120 gsm paper.

We stock the Au Ver a Soie 100.3 & D'alger silks (building stock levels) and Legacy Linens.  If you'd like to kit the design please contact me on and we can discuss your preferences, including pre-ordering threads.

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