Hannah Gaskell 1823

When we first saw Hannah’s sampler we immediately fell in love with the boy riding his faithful dog, after all, “a boy and his dog make a glorious pair, no better friendship is found anywhere, for they talk and they walk and they run and they play and they have deep secrets for many a day”. We knew we had to reproduce this beautiful sampler to share with other stitchers.

We know of two other samplers that feature this particular motif, one of which is Mary Rickards 1824 that is featured in Micheàl and Elizabeth Feller’s “The Needlework Collection 2” (page 146).

Hannah’s sampler features: a honeysuckle border of many colours; a double alphabet and two houses;  a windmill;  a snake curled around a tree;  a man and lady sheltering under an umbrella;  a swan plus numerous birds and butterflies;  a stunning basket of flowers and a double crucifix. Crucifixion samplers are uncommon and seldom do they have the charm of this sampler.  To have a double crucifixion scene is rare.

Thread Legend

The sampler has been reproduced 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 Examplar.

Soie d’Alger    DMC

2236 x 2 / 420 x 2 ~ Hazel nut brown – dark

3742 x 1 / 422 x 1 ~ Hazel nut brown – light

2246 x 1 / 434 x 1 ~ Brown –  light

5025 x 3  / 500 x 3 ~ Blue green – very dark

2231 x 2  / 677 x 2 ~ Old gold – very light

2243 x 2 / 729 x 2 ~ Old gold – medium

2145 x 2  / 730 x 2 ~ Olive green – very dark

2915 x 1 / 760 x 1 ~ Salmon

526 x 1 / 829 x 1 ~ Golden olive – very dark

3815 x 1 / 832 x 1 ~ Golden olive

4113 x 1 / 841 x 1 ~ Beige brown -light

4114 x 1 / 842 x 1 ~ Beige brown – very light

1745 x 1  / 924 x 1 ~ Grey green – very dark

2757 x 2  / 926 x 2 ~ Grey green – medium

516 x 2 / 937 x 2 ~ Avocado green – medium

3711 x 2  / 3033 x 2 ~ Mocha brown – very light

2916 x 2  / 3328 x 2 ~ Salmon – dark

4136 x 3  / 3371 x 3 ~ Black brown

4533 x 1 / 3782 x 1 ~ Mocha brown – light

131 x 1 / 3811 x 1 ~ Turquoise – very light

2543 x 1 / 3822 x 1 ~  Straw – light

3413 x 1 / 3861 x 1 ~  Cocoa – light

F10 x 2 / Ecru x 2  ~ Ecru

LINEN SIZES

The design area is 478 stitches (w) x 517 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

28ct – Design: 34.14″ x 36.93″ Fabric: 40.14″ x 42.93″

32ct – Design: 29.88″ x 32.31″ Fabric: 35.88″ x 38.31″

36ct – Design: 26.56″ x 28.72″ Fabric: 32.56″ x 34.72″

40ct – Design: 23.90″ x 25.85″ Fabric: 29.90″ x 31.85″



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