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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your preferences.
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