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MH 1656 - MY BELOVED'S GIFT - Hands Across the Sea Samplers
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Hands Across the Sea Samplers are proud to present to you, a beautiful reversible band sampler from the private collection of Nicola Parkman. The sampler was a gift from Nicola’s husband who knows his wife well and that antique needlework, and in particular band samplers, are his “girl’s best friend”!

The 1600’s is regarded as the golden age of band sampler making, and the sampler that MH finished nearly 400 years ago on May 23rd, 1656 is one of those very special pieces. She is a beautiful example of reverse stitching.

This beautiful reversible band sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks based on the vibrant colours found on the reverse of the sampler today. The skein quantities have been calculated based on 1 strand on 46ct fabric. We have included a DMC conversion and a conversion for 100/3 as an extra option for those stitchers using higher count linens. Additionally, we have provided below floss usage by the inch. We have not specified a particular brand or colour of linen. However, the original sampler was executed on uneven linen that is closest in colour to the DMC shades 3045/167. The original sampler is approximately 5.25” x 36”.

Stitch Guide
The sampler is executed over three threads of linen. In keeping with standard practice each square on the graph represents two linen threads. Each thread of linen the stitch is worked over is shown in the stitch diagrams below.

Whilst “MH” accurately counted out her stitches over three threads she frequently started a band off count both on the horizontal and the vertical. This has been indicated on the graph
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