Sarah Mary Larkworthy 1727

Sarah Mary Larkworthy was featured in the 2016 exhibition “Now Whilst My Hands Are Thus Employed – Three Centuries Of Historic Samplers” and is held in the private collection of Nicola Parkman. Sarah’s exquisite sampler is a wonderful example of the legacy left behind by long forgotten school girls and their needlework teachers.

The original sampler was finely embroidered in silk with a palette of only five colours using cross stitch over two threads, satin stitch, Algerian eyelet and stem stitch. An undulating berried border with a flower head in each corner forms a surround to the centrally positioned The Lord’s Prayer.

 The 20 page chart is in a booklet format and has been printed in full colour throughout. All the motifs have been counted out for you within the graph, there is no tracing required. The chart comes with stitch diagrams together with historical information about the period the sampler was stitched in.

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

4623 x 4 / 3831 x 4 ~ Raspberry – dark
5385 x 2 / 3768 x 2 ~ Grey green – dark
3425 x 3 / 501 x 3 ~ Blue green – dark
2543 x 1 / 3822 x 1 ~ Straw – light
F20 x 2 / 739 x 2 ~ Tan – ultra very light


The design area is 242stitches (w) x 341 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

28ct – Design: 17.29″ x 24.36″ Fabric: 23.29″ x 30.36″
32ct – Design: 15.13″ x 21.31″ Fabric: 21.13″ x 27.31″
36ct – Design: 13.44″ x 18.94″ Fabric: 19.44″ x 24.94″
40ct – Design: 12.10″ x 17.05″ Fabric: 18.10″ x 23.05″

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