V Hamel 1868
CROSS STITCH REPRODUCTION SAMPLER PATTERN, READY TO DOWNLOAD, BY Couleur Tourterelle
The original sampler stitched by V Hamel (last photograph) has a very rustic appearance, worked using cotton thread on 20 count linen fabric. It measures 8 ¼ x 11 ½ inch (21 by 29cm) but its composition is no less elegant, with its four very decorative borders.
Small Alphabet samplers of this type are known in French as ‘Marquette’ rather than the larger personalized ‘Marquoir’ (Sampler). They were used by young girls for practicing counted cross stitch and reproducing an existing alphabet, possibly copied from a previous sampler. Once the top part was completed, the stitcher had more freedom to sign and date her sampler, and fit in additional motifs.
Stitched using 1 strand over 1 thread of fabric, the reproduction sampler was stitched on a much smaller scale than the original and will be the perfect size for a pin cushion for example. You can alternatively stitch it over 2 threads of fabric, why not using variegated or overdyed floss for a little fantasy.
A cross stitch pattern by Couleur Tourterelle.
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Chart info & Needlework supplies for the pattern:
V Hamel 1868 (Reproduction Sampler)
Chart size in stitches: 86x103 (wide x high)
Needlework fabric: 36ct Zweigart linen (309) (2 1/2 x 3 inch - 6 x 7,5 cm) ou 40ct (11 x 13 cm)
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Stitches: cross stitch,
Chart: Color and B&W, includes overview for Digital stitching
Threads: DMC 938 (1 strand)
Number of colors: 1
Themes: French, 19th century
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