The Chequerboard House – EB 1860- A Little Gem Reproduction Sampler (PDF)

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.

The sampler features a house with a lawn stitched in Turkey work / Ghiordes knot that can be found in many Scottish samplers. The patchwork effect of the stone blocks the young girl used to “build” her house gives the sampler a distinctive look of its own.

With the exception of the two tiny birds, that are stitched in cross stitch over one, the sampler is suitable for stitching on linen or Aida. We have included two birds cross stitched over 2 threads of linen for you, if preferred,  to replace the ones stitched over one thread of linen.

The stitches used are mainly cross stitch over two threads of linen and double running stitch. The three lawns below the house are stitched with Turkey work but this could be replaced with cross stitches and the graph accounts for this.


The design area is 156 stitches (w) x 169 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

28ct: Design: 11.14″ x 12.07″ Fabric: 17.14″ x 18.07″

30ct: Design: 10.40″ x 11.27″ Fabric: 16.40″ x 17.27″

32ct: Design: 9.75″ x 10.56″ Fabric: 15.75″ x 16.56″

36ct: Design: 8.67″ x 9.39″ Fabric: 14.67″ x 15.39″

40ct: Design: 7.80″ x 8.45″ Fabric: 13.80″ x 14.45″

46ct: Design: 6.78″ x 7.35″ Fabric: 12.78″ x 13.35″

56ct: Design: 5.57″ x 6.04″ Fabric: 11.57″ x 12.04″

This distinctive 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. However,  if you are filling the lawns with Turkey work you may need an extra skein of 3424/502. If you replace this stitch with cross stitch a second skein is not required.

Soie 100.3         Soie d’Alger   DMC                  Colour Description

022                       524                       370                       Mustard ~ medium

048                       2236                     869                       Hazelnut brown ~ very dark

176                       1013                     224                       Shell pink ~ very light

197                       3424 x 2 **         502 x 2 **           Blue green

199                       2143                     733                       Olive green ~ medium

217                       4112                     950                       Desert sand ~ light

224                       4232                     676                      Old gold ~ light

338                       3414                     451                       Shell grey ~ dark

393                       2944                     3705                    Melon ~ dark

430                       1424                     336                       Navy blue

524                       3026                     777                       Raspberry ~ very dark

597                       3346                     838                       Beige brown ~ very dark

674                       2514                     3820                     Straw ~ dark

682                       2635                     920                       Copper ~ medium

**  An extra skein may be required if you are filling the lawns with Turkey work. This does not apply to Soie 100.3 197.

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 and we can discuss your preferences.  

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