Nicola has generously made these gorgeous Little Gems available for download now via our store. The PDF will be emailed to you within 24 hours or you can choose a printed copy.
Alice’s primer was stitched with wool thread that was variegated, which was most unusual in the 1880s, so unusual that we decided to remove the sampler from its frame to explore the reverse. Our examination confirmed that the wool used was indeed variegated. Not with the gradual colour changes that we are used to today but with a clearly defined variegation.
It is very difficult to reproduce a sampler that was stitched this way and achieve the same colours changes on the exact stitches. We decided to experiment, and three samplers were stitched using Weeks Dyeworks Cotton Floss, The Gentle Art Simply Shaker thread, which was fussy cut, and The Gentle Art Simply Wool.
Only one skein of cotton or wool is required with the exception of 7080 Endive, where 2 skeins are needed.
Please contact me at the shop if you'd like to stitch with the GAST Wool as I'll need to place a special order for these colours.
The Gentle Art Simply Wool
0240 ~ Midnight
0360 ~ Cranberry
0440 ~ Maple Syrup
0520 ~ Copper
0893 ~ French Lilac
1040 ~ Black Crow
1070 ~ Creekbed
1140 ~ Oatmeal
7007 ~ Cidermill Brown
7014 ~ Antique Rose
7044 ~ Dungarees
7050 ~ Baby Spinach
7058 ~ Tomato
7069 ~ Summer Shower
7080 ~ Endive
The Gentle Art Simply Shaker
0115 ~ Tiger Lily
0230 ~ Blueberry
0240 ~ Midnight
0250 ~ Cornflower
0360 ~ Cranberry
1110 ~ Sable
7036 ~ Geranium
7039 ~ Bayberry
7075 ~ Crystal Lake
7076 ~ Portabella
7087 ~ Honey Dew
Weeks Dyeworks Cotton Floss
1106 ~ Beige
1155 ~ Blue Heron
1236 ~ Mocha
1240 ~ Dirt Road
1309 ~ Michael’s Navy
2108a ~ Shepard’s Blue
2168 ~ Monkey Grass
2205 ~ Grasshopper
2259 ~ Cayenne
2262 ~ Watermelon Punch
2321 ~ Plum
The fabric used for the samplers stitched with cotton was 46ct Weeks Dyeworks (Zweigart-based) linen in Cocoa. We used 36ct Weeks Dyeworks (Zweigart-based) linen in Straw for the wool version.
The design area is 105 stitches (w) x 138 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 higher count (62/52) is on the horizontal.
28ct: Design: 7.5″ x 9.86″ Fabric: 13.5″ x 15.86″
30ct: Design: 7.00″ x 9.20″ Fabric: 13.00″ x 15.20″
32ct: Design: 6.56″ x 8.63″ Fabric: 12.56″ x 14.63″
36ct: Design: 5.83″ x 7.67″ Fabric: 11.83″ x 13.67″
40ct: Design: 5.25″ x 6.9″ Fabric: 11.25″ x 12.9″
46ct: Design: 4.57″ x 6.00″ Fabric: 10.57″ x 12.00″
56ct: Design: 3.75″ x 4.93″ Fabric: 9.75″ x 10.93″
62/52ct: Design: 3.39″ x 5.31″ Fabric: 9.39″ x 11.31″
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your preferences.
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