Jane Austen is probably one of the most loved and well-known English writers from the Regency period. This small sampler borrows a line from her 1815 novel Emma. It is story of the trials and tribulations of young Emma Woodhouse, who considers herself a great matchmaker. Jane Austen wrote this novel whilst living in Chawton, in Hampshire. The house where she lived the last eight years of her life is now known as the Jane Austen House, and is open to visitors.
The sampler shows the quote (from the last paragraph of chapter 13, part two) and two small birds flanking a pot, in which the seed of love has blossomed into a heart-shaped flowering plant. With the numbers and alphabets on this page you can easily adapt the sampler to your personal taste. It would make a perfect wedding sampler, where you could personalise names and dates – or it would make a wonderful gift for any Jane Austen lover!
This sampler measures 137 crosses in height, and 95 in width. Stitched over two threads on 32 count line, it would measure approximately 8 5/8” in height by 6” in width (22 by 15 centimeter).