Yesterday I visited the large weekly car boot sale in York and discovered this charming sampler. It is unfortunately not dated, but I would guess that it is from the 1st half of the 19th century. The colours also look natural, opposed to later 19th century chemically dyed threads.
It will be the very first reproduction sampler that I want to chart, as close to the original as possible. You might remember my Sarah Storrs Quaker sampler, which was partly based on an antique sampler. That one however was using elements from an exisisting sampler. This one will be as you see it in the photos here!
Counting all the stitches, I’ve noticed that Ann has taken liberties with her crosses and her design. In the little flower pots (see 2nd photo) you will notice that if you look carefully that the top half of the design is uneven and symmetrical, but the lower stitches are even in amount. This would mean that she went over half-crosses. This gives a problem when designing, as we’re now used to having neat crosses over 2 threads charted clearly.
This leads me to a question for you: would you prefer it to be stitched accurately, with clear descriptions as to how to achieve the look, or would you want a chart that includes just plain over two thread crosses (meaning I would have to alter the design slightly)?
As you can see in the third photo, Ann signed her work using capital letters stitched over two threads, but the lower alphabet is all stitched in more detail over 1 thread. This should be simple enough to chart, and I will keep it as it is. On either side of “Aged 12 Years” you might notice what I think are either dogs or (English) lions. This will prove to be a tricky one to count as it’s one over one, in the same colour as the linen!
Would love to read your feedback below on this sampler and / or my question!