This sampler is a modified reproduction of a
needlepoint sampler dated 1885.The original is 6
inches wide by 48 inches long and was stitched on a
soft congress-type fabric using wool threads. The
sampler was layered with paper between the
stitched piece and the pale pink backing fabric and
used the same pink fabric for the binding.
The original sampler has large blocks of needlepoint
stitches with the silhouette bands between each
block. The silhouette bands and the outside borders
were stitched in tent stitch using black wool. The
stitcher’s initials “MM” and the date “1885” were
stitched at the bottom of the piece in burgundy wool
with gold beads accenting the letters.
This reproduction features the bands of silhouettes
as the focal points with a row of counted thread
stitches between each band. The nine stitches used
are – Reversed Mosaic, Rice, Two-sided Italian,
Double Tied Oblong Cross, Montenegrin, Smyrna
Cross, Yugoslav, Swedish Cross, and Zig Zag.
Detailed instructions are provided for each stitch.
The sample was stitched on 32 count Copper Penny
linen over one thread using 1 strand of Raspberry
Ripple over-dyed thread from Olde Willow Stitchery.
Any color fabric and thread may be used as long as
there is a strong contrast to make the silhouettes
The stitch count is 102 X 369 making the sampler
approximately 3.2” wide X 11.5” long on 32 count over
1 fabric thread. Over 2 fabric threads on 32 count,
the size is approximately 6.4” wide and 23” long.
Using two strands of over-dyed thread is
recommended when stitching over 2 fabric threads.
|Click on picture to enlarge
Stitch this sweet design for the one you always want
to kiss goodnight!
Pattern includes charts for both versions – colorful
and monochromatic. The colorful sample was stitched
on 36 count Iced Cappuccino over-dyed linen from R
&R Reproductions using 2 strands of DMC floss. The
sample was stitched using 2 shades each of dark
mauve – 3865 & 3803, antique blue – 930 &931, and
pistachio green – 367 & 320. Any shades of color may
be used as long as they blend well together.
The monochromatic sample was stitched on 28 count
Starry Night over-dyed linen from Crossed Wing
Collection using 2 strands of Merlin (two 5 yard
skeins) from Weeks Dye Works. Any colors of floss
and linen may be used for this version as long as
there is a strong contrast between them.
Stitch count is 135 wide and 80 high. On 36 count
linen over 2 threads, the design area is approximately
7.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches high. On 28 count linen
over 2 threads the design area is approximately 9.6
inches wide and 5.7 inches high.
|Click on pictures to enlarge
This sampler was inspired by a quote from Anne
Frank’s diary - “Today I will choose to be happy.” This
optimistic quote, written under such hopeless
circumstances, should inspire all of us to start each
day with the decision to be happy.
To accentuate the optimism, this sampler was
stitched on 32 count Cream Belfast linen in cheerfully
colored over-dyed threads from Olde Willow
Stitchery. This sampler is also lovely stitched with
the same soft colors using a darker fabric such as 32
count Copper Penny.
The motifs were chosen for this piece because of the
positive symbolism associated with them. The sampler
design includes 14 intriguing stitches – Rice Stitch,
Blackwork, Mosaic, Knitting variation, English Stitch,
Bound Cross, Floral Stitch, Double Herringbone,
Smyrna Cross, Queen Stitch, Zig Zag, Woven Square,
Crossed Rice, and Rounded Wheat.
The stitch count is 95 X 153 with the size of the
finished piece being approximately 6” wide by 9.5”
long on 32 count linen. The sumptuous colors used are
Monet, Midnight Rain, Seascape, Evening Rose,
Absent but not Forgotten Rose, Chestnut, Mt.
Pleasant, James River, Emerald Isle, Dark Chocolate,
and Golden Memories.
|Click on picture to enlarge