This is for the PATTERN ONLY.
Counted Cross Stitch pattern, Sophia Doggett 1804. Sophia appealed to me partly because the sampler was stitched in an area that some of my ancestors hailed from. Nailsea is a rural town in the North of Somerset, about eight miles south-west of Bristol.
Visually the patterns of the Quaker medallions fascinate me and make my fingers itch to stitch. The stitching of the medallions in halves intrigues me and I have often wondered “why” the girls opted to stitch them in this way.
In the Feller Collection book #2 Sophia’s sampler can be found featured on page 41 and is described by Elizabeth Feller as follows:
“… possesses certain unique traits. The first and most significant of these is the formation of the border. Where the majority of the Quaker medallion samplers present their half octagons with the cut edge uniformly to the outside border, this sampler dovetails that cut edge so that it alternately faces the border and then the centre of the sampler. A further unique point is the medallion in the upper left with two stylised confronting birds.”
Sophia recorded on her sampler “Nailsea 1804”. Whilst there is no record of a Quaker school in Nailsea, it is possible that Sophia was a pupil boarding at Sidcot and recorded “Nailsea” as the location of her home rather than that of the school.
Sophia married Mark May, a farmer, on April 8, 1816. Mary, their first of eight children, was baptised the following February. The family can be found in the census returns at Mays Green in the village of Puxton. Mark died in 1867 and Sophia two years later in 1869, just before her 80th birthday.
We hope that you enjoy stitching Sophia’s sampler. Our reproduction is a “Token of Love” from us to you.
With grateful thanks to Linda Clews who lovingly stitched the model. At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers there is a team of needleworkers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.
The sampler has been reproduced with Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie silks. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger and DMC.
1 strand of Soie 100.3 on 46ct and 56ct linen
126 x 2 Antique Mauve ~ dark & 705 x 2 Pine Green ~ dark
1 strand of Soie d’Alger on 36ct and 46ct linen
4646 x 2 Antique Mauve ~ dark & 3725 x 2 Pine Green ~ dark
2 strands of Soie d’Alger on 28ct linen
4646 x 6 Antique Mauve ~ dark & 3725 x 6 Pine Green ~ dark
1 strand of DMC on 40ct linen
3802 x 2 Antique Mauve ~ dark & 3362 x 2 Pine Green ~ dark
2 strands of DMC on 36ct linen
3802 x 3 Antique Mauve ~ dark & 3362 x 4 Pine Green ~ dark
2 strands of DMC on 28ct linen
3802 x 4 Antique Mauve ~ dark & 3362 x 5 Pine Green ~ dark
The model was stitched on a Zweigart linen overdyed to the shade of Crème Brulée by Tabby Cat Linens. The design area is 294 stitches (w) x 277 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.
28ct: Design: 21.00″ x 19.79″ Fabric: 27.00″ x 25.79″
32ct: Design: 18.38″ x 17.31″ Fabric: 24.38″ x 23.31″
36ct: Design: 16.33″ x 15.39″ Fabric: 22.33″ x 21.39″
40ct: Design: 14.70″ x 13.85″ Fabric: 20.70″ x 19.85″
46ct: Design: 12.78″ x 12.04″ Fabric: 18.78″ x 18.04″
56ct: Design: 10.50″ x 9.89″ Fabric: 16.50″ x 15.89″
PLEASE NOTE: Patterns are NOT returnable to protect the copyright of the designer.
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