Category Archives: historic samplers

Since you asked: Hannah Thornbush update

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I had been doing a bit of stitching on the Hannah Thornbush sampler from The Essamplaire. A couple of you asked about my progress. I haven’t made a whole lot of headway here. I did manage to finish band 3, and made a bit of a start on band…

Happy Dance: How Great the Blessing

Ok, now it’s done. Here is my version of Catherine Theron’s How Great the Blessing. This is stitched on the 36ct linen supplied by Catherine as part of the kit, using Vikki Clayton’s Hand-Dyed Fibers regular silk floss and a tiny bit of Rainbow Gallery’s Splendor. I made minimal changes to the design, primarily in…

Is it done yet?

Here’s where I stand on Catherine Theron’s How Great the Blessing sampler. In the past week I’ve added the verse, and the numbers and personalization (with updated dates!) under the alphabet, along with four birds and another squirrel. Is it done? Early on in stitching this project, I deliberately didn’t fill in the flowers in…

WIP: Martha Willkins (from The Scarlet Letter)

Another reproduction sampler is today’s featured WIP.  The Scarlet Letter reproduced the 1699 sampler of Martha Willkins.  Actually, I should say that most of the original sampler was charted.  If you look at the original, you’ll see that SL left off the cutwork portion.  Whatever.  I still think it’s lovely. Technique/Materials: 17th-century sampler stitches over…

WIP: Hannah Thornbush (by The Essamplaire)

Today’s featured WIP is the Hannah Thornbush sampler, reproduced by Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire. Technique/Materials: Various sampler stitches (double running, marking cross, satin stitch, detached buttonhole, and many more I haven’t gotten to yet!) on 45ct linen (over 3) using Soie d’Alger and Soie d’Paris silks. Background:  I started Hannah in June 2009 as…

Floating windows and door

(Note:  I actually started this blog post last Monday, and somehow never actually finished posting it.) It was great. I was actually starting to post again on a regular basis, multiple times in a week. And that’s how long it lasted. One. Week. I really do plan to get back to posting frequently. Unfortunately, I…