Hands to Work Sampler

This old saying is just right for my imaginary little Kitchen Garden! Stitched on pale blue/grey 28 ct linen, and using delectable silk flosses, perlees, beads and overdyed silks, this delightful garden sampler is a depiction of a 19th Century kitchen garden patterned after the one in Olde Sturbridge Village, MA. As you walk into the garden at the bottom of the sampler you can see beds of carrots, radishes, and cabbages on either side. A household servant has a basket in her hand and of course has found a wee frog among the radishes! The onions, squash, potatoes and strawberry beds and further on the cauliflower, peas, parsnips and lettuces are interspersed with specialty stitch bands for your learning enjoyment. There are also a few herbs and flowers sprinkled among the vegetables as they kept away insects and were very prized for cooking. Behind the houses at the top you can see a couple of trees, which indicate a big orchard of pear, peach, plum and cherry trees. There are two houses pictured at the top of the sampler. The red house is a depiction of the old Freeman Farmhouse and the smaller one is the Fenno House both found in the original village. This Learning Sampler is for the beginner through intermediate specialty stitcher. You can practice lovely stitches such as Satin Stitches, Backstitches, French Knots, Queen Stitches, Leviathan Stitches, Vault Stitches, Lazy Daisies, Cross Stitch over one fabric thread, and simple Kloster Blocks, Dove’s Eyes and Partial Greek Crosses at bottom. This sampler can hang in your kitchen or near the door to your garden, so you can take the saying to heart as you head out to cultivate or harvest the fruits of your labour. Enjoy stitching this summer bounty! Look for Lisa's instructions for Beautiful Finishing for Bellpulls here.   We used 16cm bellpull hardware to include the quilted 'frame', but if you want to create a bellpull without quilting fabric, you can use this 12cm bellpull hardware.     :-) - Thea


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