Sarah May Larkworthy 1727 ~ Reproduction Sampler

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 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

LINEN SIZES

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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