Elizabeth Harding 1791

Nine-year-old Elizabeth Harding finished her sampler on March 11th in 1791 during the reign of George III.  Sadly, we have been unable to trace Elizabeth, as there are many Elizabeth Hardings born around 1782. However, we do know that the Harding name has its origins in Scandinavia and Germany.  It appears to be an old Nordic/Teutonic term for “tough guy”, and is still used as such in Sweden and the Hardanger Fjord in Norway, where people are still called “Hardings” or “Hardinger”.

The original sampler was stitched in silk on fine linen and has maintained its vibrant colours over the centuries. A Georgian red brick mansion house with checkerboard steps proudly takes centre stage and is guarded on either side by pine and apple trees. The doves in flight and the dovecote are a charming feature. Dovecotes were built by wealthy Georgians to supply the household with a luxury food, the tender meat of young pigeons. As dovecotes were always associated with a luxurious way of life, they came to symbolise high social status – or high social aspirations. For this reason, they were prominently situated, usually near the main entrance road to the house.

Elizabeth filled the four sections of her sampler with parrots, squirrels, birds, a small black dog and flowers. The two sprays of roses in bloom and bud in the bottom section of the sampler are particularly beautiful and glow with colour. There are two verses.

Thread Legend

The sampler has been charted with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks and the skein quantities calculated based on 1 strand on 36ct fabric. We have provided a DMC conversion based on 2 strands on 36ct fabric. The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Sand Dune. The sampler has been rated as confident beginner.

Soie d’Alger / DMC

4624 x 3 / 221 x 3 – Shell pink – very dark

Noir x 1 / 310 x 1 -Black

2645 x 2 / 347 x 2 – Salmon – very dark

4245 x 2 / 420 x 2 – Hazelnut brown – dark

5024 x 2 / 501 x 2 – Blue green – dark

5023 x 1 /  502 x 1 – Blue green

3834 x 1 / 640 x 1 – Beige gray – very dark

3815 x 1 / 680 x 1 – Old gold – dark

2212 x 1 / 734 x 1 – Olive green – light

3741 x 3 / 739 x 3 – Tan – ultra very light

525 x 1 / 830 x 1 – Golden olive – dark

2756 x 1 / 927 x 1 – Gray green – light

3733 x 1 / 3012 x 1 – Khaki green – medium

1845 x 1 / 3362 x 1 – Pine green – dark

1844 x 1 / 3363 x 1 – Pine green – medium

4623 x 1 / 3721 x 1 – Shell pink – dark

2233 x 1 / 3822 x 1 – Straw – light

3434 x 1  / 3863 x 1 – Mocha beige – medium

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 367 stitches (w) x 425 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

30ct – Design: 24.47″ x 28.33″ Fabric: 30.47″ x 34.33″

32ct – Design: 22.94″ x 26.56″ Fabric: 28.94″ x 32.56″

36ct – Design: 20.39″ x 23.61″ Fabric: 26.39″ x 29.61″

40ct – Design: 18.35″ x 21.25″ Fabric: 24.35″ x 27.25″

 



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