H Sophia Baker: An antique reproduction sampler freebie

Not all reproduction samplers are quiet and subdued. Meet H Sophia Baker.

I love old samplers. They often appear almost ghostly, having faded so far into time. Others arrive with freshly-lipsticked smile, all bright and gleaming.

H Sophia Baker is one such freshly-painted gem. I love her rough stitches, her almost-garish colours and her sense of cheer. I can’t help but think that little Sophia relished her bright wools. I hope you enjoy stitching this as much as I think Sophia did.

The pdf of H Sophia Baker 1878 contains both a black-and-white and a colour chart. To see an adaptation of this design, see my Together 2020 project. Enjoy!

The Humble Sampler: Harriett Turner 1868

An antique adaptation with heart. Sometimes a little piece of history comes your way and just captures your heart. From the moment I saw Harriett’s needlepoint sampler, I knew she was a kindred soul. While the beautiful, almost abstract flowers first caught my eye, it was the sentiment that really drew me to the piece.…

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All my red threads…

A new stashbuster design. When I was working on ‘LT 1909’, it struck me how many red threads I keep returning to, as well as how many I had waiting for me to pick up. An idea sparked with me, and the result is this pin pillow: a homage to one of my favourite colours…

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LT 1909

An antique reproduction and a mini design. When I’m especially busy (or, let’s be honest, a bit frazzled), I find I reach for monochrome stitching. Working with a single colour is particularly restful, as you can just focus on the calming repetition of thread flowing through linen. And, more often than not, it’s a redwork…

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Christmas Bells – Bookshelf colour conversion

As much as I can, I love to make my Christmas gifts – there’s nothing quite like giving a loved one something handmade. In the run-up to the busyness of the season, it’s a good excuse to take some quiet moments for yourself. In my gift-giving this year, I wanted to re-stitch my ‘Christmas Bells’…

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