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THE BIG CAT SAMPLER MARY ANN JOHNCOCK 1841 - Gigi R Designs
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Stitch count: 318W x 350H
Reproduction stitched on 40 count linen - Weeks Dye Works 'Linen'.

"This beautiful sampler was stitched by Mary Ann Johncock in 1841. Mary Ann was 28 years old at the time.

The original sampler has been stitched on very fine linen with silk threads (approx. 22 threads per cm). The
linen of the original is slightly uneven-weave and because of that the original has more square like
appearance than our reproduction.

Colors on the front side of the sampler are fairly faded. The back side reveals that originally the sampler
has been more colorful, but not bright. Colors for our reproduction are selected from the back side.

The sampler is densely packed with lovely motifs. The most prominent of all is a big bear-like cat in the center of the sampler. It is dark brown and looks slightly overwhelming. If you want to make it less dominant choose lighter color of
threads. There are more cats on Mary Ann’s sampler, as well as many dogs, birds, flowers, deer, windmill,
domestic utensils and two Trees of Knowledge with Adam & Eve beneath.

Only crosses over 2 threads are used throughout the whole sampler, except a little bit of counted satin
stitches in some flowers and whiskers of the cats. One strand of cotton thread is used if stitched on 40ct
linen"

Gentle Art Sampler Threads: Roasted Marshmallow, Caramel Corn, Harvest Basket, Lambswool, Raspberry Frost, Amethyst, Heirloom Gold, Chamomile, Chives, Pine, Freedom, Pecan Pie, Blackboard.

Classic Colorworks: Straw Hat, Polliwog, Blackbird, Ginger Snap, Weeping Willow, Cinnamon Toast
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