Bristol orphanage samplers are particularly important as the orphanage kept meticulous records of each child, casting light onto the poverty and desperate social conditions that existed throughout Britain in the 19th century. Today these records give us the opportunity to share Harriett’s story with you. Please see the separate section for copies of the orphanage’s records.
The sampler is suitable for all levels of ability and can be stitched on linen or aida.
Harriett’s sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie 100.3 silk on 56ct linen. We have provided two conversions below.
Au Ver à Soie 100.3 681 x 6 spools based on 1 strand on 56ct linen.
Au Ver à Soie d’Alger 2924 x 16 skeins based on 1 strand on 36ct linen.
DMC 321 x 16 skeins based on 2 strands on 36ct linen.
The design area is 413 stitches (w) x 414 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing. The original sampler was stitched on linen closest in colour to DMC738.
28ct ~ Design: 29.50″ x 29.57″ Fabric: 35.50″ x 35.57″
32ct ~ Design: 25.81″ x 25.88″ Fabric: 31.81″ x 31.88″
36ct ~ Design: 22.94″ x 23.00″ Fabric: 28.94″ x 29.00″
40ct ~ Design: 20.65″ x 20.70″ Fabric: 26.65″ x 26.70″
46ct ~ Design: 17.96″ x 18.00″ Fabric: 23.96″ x 24.00″
56ct ~ Design: 14.75″ x 14.79″ Fabric: 20.75″ x 20.79″
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