The first is Strawberry Sampler. This early 1800s sampler was stitched by Eliza Clunes, age 12.
I loved the bright colors she chose to stitch with and the fun motifs at the bottom of her sampler. I stitched the sampler in Needlepoint Inc. Silks on Legacy from Picture This Plus. The adaptation pieces are stitched with the Weeks Dye Works hand dyed cotton conversion. Hopefully this helps you choose which threads you want to stitch with.
The sampler includes Smyrna Crosses and Eyelet stitches. Bonus, the Eyelet alphabet only has 22 letters.
This is a sweet little drum that highlights the strawberry border.
I pulled different parts from Eliza's sampler and made a needlebook. This could easily be stitched into two squares and put on the front and back of a small stitching bag.
I added a scissor pocket and a wool piece for needles and pins. The trims are by Lady Dot Creates.
Alice Harris 1835 has a completely different color palette and style. There is some over one stitching in one row of letters, the verse, and her personalization. The deer are over one also, but I found if I stitched the outline and the legs in full crosses then I could fill in the body with a tent stitch. This method went quite quickly. There are some fun vertical half cross stitches in the middle band of flowers.
By switching between the border and the verse this was quite enjoyable to stitch. The sampler is stitched with Sampler Threads from the Gentle Art. There is a full Needlepoint Inc. Silks conversion and I pulled parts together to make the small framed piece so I could stitch with the Silks. It is designed to go off the sides of the frame, but would make a sweet pillow too. The sampler is stitched on Beige linen from Weeks Dye Works. The small framed piece and the drum are stitched on Bramble from Picture This Plus.
I thought the bottom part would make a perfect drum, So I rearranged things a bit, chose a new color palette in Weeks Dye Works and stitched a drum. I really didn't want to stitch the deer again, so they are missing from the drum.
This has been such a fun project to work on. And I'm so excited to get started charting a third reproduction sampler that arrived last week. It is amazing.
I will get more details out to needlework shops this week, so you can begin contacting them for pre-orders.
Happy Stitching, Wendy