Elizabeth Atkinson 1829

“Make much of precious time” Elizabeth most certainly did in the year 1829 when she finished this delightful sampler. Stitched with a cheerful palette of 15 colours including a mouth-watering orange which sits so well against the glowing reds, pretty pinks, restful blues, rich greens and golden olives. Her colours caught our eye together with her sweet motifs. Whilst Elizabeth does not give her age, we sense that she was a young girl and this may have been her first sampler. The original was worked with wool on a coarse linen.

The design area is 281 stitches (w) x 220 stitches (h).The stitches used are cross stitch over one and two threads and Algerian eyelets. The sampler is suitable for needle workers of all levels of ability. The model of Elizabeth’s sampler was stitched by Nicola whilst travelling by road, air and sea; in hotel rooms and lobbies; in a ship’s cabin and on deck; and whilst lying in the shade of palm trees on secluded beaches in the West Indies. The sweet motifs and size of the sampler make this an ideal project to stitch whilst on the move or watching the world go by. We hope that you will enjoy stitching Elizabeth during your vacation too.

Thread Legend

Elizabeth’s sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie 100.3 silks on 46ct Weeks overdyed Zweigart linen in the colour Straw. The skein quantities listed below were calculated using 1 strand of d’Alger and 2 strands of DMC on 36ct fabric. The original sampler was stitched on linen in a colour closest to DMC shade 738 and measures approximately 16.25 x 15.50 inches.

The stitches used are cross stitch over one and two threads and Algerian eyelets. The sampler is suitable for needle workers of all levels of ability.

Remember that just like the longest journey begins with a single step, so does each sampler begin with a single stitch. All stitches begin the same way by pushing the needle through the fabric, first one way, then the other. The only difference between one type of stitch and another is where you put that needle and how you manipulate the thread.

Soie d’Alger / DMC  / 100.3 ~ Colour Description 

F20 x 1 / 543 x 1 / 211 x 1 ~ Beige brown ~ ultra light
525 x 1 / 832 x 1 / 022 x 1 ~ Golden olive
945 x 1 / 347 x 1 / 681 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ very dark
1735 x 1 / 931 x 1 / 486 x 1 ~ Antique blue ~medium
1843 x 1 / 522 x 1 / 108 x 1 ~ Fern green
2625 x 1 / 720 x 1 / 293 x 1 ~ Orange spice ~ dark
2757 x 1 / 926 x 1 / 468 x 1 ~ Grey green ~ medium
2915 x 1 / 3712 x 1 / 494 x 1 ~ Salmon ~ medium
2936 x 1 / 815 x 1 / 109 x 1 ~ Garnet ~ medium
3046 x 1 / 3685 x 1/  222 x 1 ~ Mauve ~ dark
3724 x 1/  3051 x 1 / 707 x 1 ~ Green grey ~ dark
3726 x 1 / 520 x 1 / 705 x 1~ Fern green ~ dark
3744 x 1 / 829 x 1 / 048 x 1 ~ Golden olive ~ very dark
3842 x 1 / 3024 x 1 / 401 x 1 ~ Brown grey ~ very light
4523 x 1  /3064 x 1 / 093 x 1 ~ Desert sand

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 281 stitches (w) x 220 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

28ct ~ Design: 20.07″ x 15.71″ Fabric: 26.07″ x 21.71″ 30ct ~ Design: 18.73″ x 14.67″ Fabric: 24.73″ x 20.67″
32ct ~ Design: 17.56″ x 13.75″ Fabric: 23.56″ x 19.75″ 36ct ~ Design: 15.61″ x 12.22″ Fabric: 21.61″ x 18.22″
40ct ~ Design: 14.05″ x 11.00″ Fabric: 20.05″ x 17.00″ 46ct ~ Design: 12.22″ x 9.57″ Fabric: 18.22″ x 15.57″
56ct ~ Design: 10.04″ x 7.86″ Fabric: 16.04″ x 13.86″



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