Nicola has generously made these gorgeous Little Gems available for download now via our store. The PDF will be emailed to you within 24 hours or you can choose a printed copy.
Mary Eliza McMillan has been in Nicola’s private collection for some time and has been whispering in her ear to be reproduced. Now, as we hunker down in isolation and time has lost any meaning, it seemed the right moment to do so.
Following in the footsteps of those young girls (and boys) from centuries past, Nicola added an extra 12 rows to the reproduction, so that she could record a moment in time in her needlework. Therefore, there are two different versions of Mary Eliza McMillan, the true reproduction and Nicola’s adaptation.
The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch over two and can be stitched on linen or Aida. Mary is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities and would make an ideal “starter” project for those wishing to explore samplers.
Mary’s playful sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 14 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC. Only one spool or skein of each colour is required for 30ct and higher. However, if you are stitching the sampler on 28ct and lower two skeins of 523/370 will be needed.
Mary stitched her sampler with cross stitch over 2 strands of linen. The project can be stitched either on Aida or linen. We would recommend a fabric close in colour to DMC shades 842 and 3033
For the adaptation the design area is 233 stitches (w) x 142 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.
28ct: Design: 16.64″ x 10.14″ Fabric: 22.64″ x 16.14″
30ct: Design: 15.53″ x 9.47″ Fabric: 21.53″ x 15.47″
32ct: Design: 14.56″ x 8.88″ Fabric: 20.56″ x 14.88″
36ct: Design: 12.94″ x 7.89″ Fabric: 18.94″ x 13.89″
40ct: Design: 11.65″ x 7.10″ Fabric: 17.65″ x 13.10″
46ct: Design: 10.13″ x 6.17″ Fabric: 16.13″ x 12.17″
56ct: Design: 8.32″ x 5.07″ Fabric: 14.32″ x 11.07″
For the reproduction the design area is 233 stitches (w) x 130 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.
28ct: Design: 16.64″ x 9.29″ Fabric: 22.64″ x 15.29″
30ct: Design: 15.53″ x 8.67″ Fabric: 21.53″ x 14.67″
32ct: Design: 14.56″ x 8.13″ Fabric: 20.56″ x 14.13″
36ct: Design: 12.94″ x 7.22″ Fabric: 18.94″ x 13.22″
40ct: Design: 11.65″ x 6.50″ Fabric: 17.65″ x 12.50″
46ct: Design: 10.13″ x 5.65″ Fabric: 16.13″ x 11.65″
56ct: Design: 8.32″ x 4.64″ Fabric: 14.32″ x 10.64″
56ct: Design: 7.04″ x 6.18″ Fabric: 13.04″ x 12.18″
Soie 100.3 Soie d’Alger DMC Colour Description
022 523 370 Mustard ~ medium
029 2757 926 Grey green ~ medium
093 4611 3064 Desert sand
115 3414 451 Shell grey ~ dark
124 4633 316 Antique mauve ~ medium
149 4224 3821 Straw
197 3423 522 Fern green
199 2143 733 Olive green ~ medium
224 3822 738 Tan ~ very light
523 4623 3831 Raspberry ~ dark
561 3343 648 Beaver grey ~ light
647 2125 580 Moss green ~ dark
702 4545 434 Brown ~ light
773 3445 3799 Pewter grey ~ very dark
Once purchased you will receive an email within 24 hours with the download attached and you can print it out yourself at home. Please ensure your email is correct and you may need to check your junk/spam folder.
If you don't have access to a printer or would prefer a printed copy sent to you that option is available also.
We stock the Au Ver a Soie 100.3 & D'alger silks and Legacy Linens. If you'd like to kit the design please contact me on email@example.com and we can discuss your preferences.
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