Working on reproduction of this antique sampler was a delight!
Late 19th century antique sampler by May Nicholls aged 10 is worked in wool and cotton on even weave gauze. This sampler is completely charming with neat stitch work throughout.
The gauze has overall discoloration consistent with its age. There is also some stitch loss to the outer red chevron border and the odd stitch elsewhere.
I chose to stitch a reproduction of May Nicholls’s sampler, that was finished in September 1894, and comes from my personal collection, on 40 linen using 1 strand of new over dyed colors from DMC one over one. That is why my sampler looks much smaller than the original. The size of May’s sampler is 11″ x 13″, and the reproduction is 2 1/2″ x 3″. I used the same stitches as May did: a tent continental and cross stitch mixed.
The upper section of the sampler is stitched with rows of alphabet letters, numbers and border patterns, all underlined with a Greek key style border.
The lower section of the sampler is stitched with the words “The Lord is my Shepherd”, underlined with a zigzag border which has row of trees and cups and saucers below. There is a central fruit basket below which has a tree and a cross to each side, the date September 1894 above and May’s name and age below. The whole piece is then surrounded by a narrow red chevron border.
I added my initials NF and a year the sampler was finished 2020 on each side of the fruit basket.
The pattern of a reproduction of an Antique Sampler by May Nicholls, 1894 is available at www.dollhouseneedlepoint.com
I finished February installment. I am actually so happy I managed to do it since I have several projects on my frames at the same time. I promised myself to devote minimum an hour daily for the February square to stitch and be able to finish it at the end of the month. It took me 12 hours to do it. Now I know that I can finish this rug at the end of this year if I stick to my plan. I chose 48 count of silk gauze and my favorite over dyed Gloriana silk floss.
March has arrived and it is time for a new installment of the Stitch-A-Long Colorful Amalgam 2021. If you click on the image it will take you to the website to download the file for March 2021. Guess what I am going to do today? I am going to play with Gloriana silk to chose colors for this part of the pattern! It always excites me! Happy stitching!
First from the Miniature Series of Reproduction of Antique Samplers “Timeless Treasure Troves” is reproduction of an antique sampler “G.M. 1910”
This sampler has been chosen first in the series, because of the colors the sampler is stitched with, green and red. It reminds Christmas and the New Year holiday festive time.
Original sampler is stitched on canvas with wool and signed G.M. 1910.
The miniature sampler reproduction is stitched on 48 count silk gauze with Gutermann silk floss.
I chose to stitch the background, when it’s not really necessary.
79 x 99 stitches
The Antique Sampler G.M.1910 could be stitched on any count of canvas or linen. It measures if stitched on:
28 count – 2.82” x 3.54” (7,17 x 8,98 cm)
36 count – 2.19” x 2.75” (5,57 x 6,69 cm)
40 count – 1.98” x 2.48” (5,02 x 6,29 cm)
48 count – 1.65” x 2.06” (4,18 x 5,24 cm)
56 count – 1.41” x 1.77” (3,58 x 4,49 cm)
60 count – 1.32” x 1.65” (3,34 x 4,19 cm)
72 count – 1.10” x 1.38” (2,79 x 3,49 cm)
I invite you to join me in Stitch-A-Long 2021. I am offering a design that could be stitched on any type of canvas and be finished as a pillow, little carpet and, of course, a dollhouse miniature petit point rug in 1/12th scale. For January month I am offering a frame/border of the rug. The field of this rug consists of 9 squares. Each month I’ll post a pattern in black and white symbols for you to color with threads and needle. Each finished project, based on this pattern, will look different, one of a kind, because you will chose a canvas, fabric and its count, threads (wool, cotton or silk) of your choice. To download a PDF file for the border of this design, please go HERE.
To share the stitching progress and meet like-minded stitchers join our Facebook group COLORFUL AMALGAM
303 x 303 stitches
If stitched on 18 count – 16.83″ x 16.83″ (42,76 x 42,76 cm)
If stitched on 22 count – 13.77″ x 13.77″ (34,98 x 34,98 cm)
If stitched on 36 count – 8.42″ x 8.42″ (21,38 x 21,38 cm)
If stitched on 40 count – 7.58″ x 7.58″ (19,24 x 19,24 cm)
If stitched on 48 count – 6.31″ x 6.31″ (16,03 x 16,03 cm)
If stitched on 56 count – 5.41″ x 5.41″ (13,74 x 13,74 cm)
If stitched on 60 count – 5.05 ‘ x 5.05 ‘ (12,83 x 12,83″)
Happy New 2021 to everyone!
I hope you have a wonderful week of preparation blessed with much joy and happiness whether you are having a big family Christmas or a quite one.