Counted Cross Stitch Pattern, Margaret Beattie 1866, Reproduction Sampler, Antique Reproduction, Hands Across the Sea, PATTERN ONLY

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Counted Cross Stitch pattern, Margaret Beattie 1866. Margaret stitched a truly adorable sampler with a rich palette of colours. There is so much to excite your needle. The reverse of the sampler revealed Margaret’s story as told by her great-granddaughter EBG Allison on September 10, 1998.

Margaret or Maggie was twelve years old when she stitched her sampler at the Female School in Ardrossan. This historic harbour town is located in Ayrshire, 30 miles from Glasgow and has sandy beaches with beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde. Shipbuilding was one of Ardrossan’s important industries in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Maggie was born on March 4, 1854 at Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was the natural daughter of Margaret Newall, an Irish farm servant. Her father is unknown but could have been Peter Benson, a dock labourer, whom Margaret Newall later married.

When Maggie was two years old, she was adopted by James Beattie and his wife, Barbara Hunter who had no children of their own. Maggie grew up in Saltcoats and Ardrossan and after leaving school became a domestic servant. At the age of 19, she married William Auld on November 21, 1873 at her parents’ home in Ardrossan. William was a 24-year-old plumber from Newton of Ayr. Their first child James was born the following February! The couple went on to have twelve children, ten boys and two girls including one pair of twin boys. Their two daughters were the tenth and eleventh of their children.

The family first lived at St Quivox, Ayr and then in the town of Ayr where William built up a prosperous plumbing and electrical business. He became a member of the Ayr Council and a bailie of the town.

Maggie and William’s last years were spent at 66 Sandgate, Ayr. William died in 1927 at the age of 77 and Margaret died ten years later in 1937 at the age of 82.

The sampler is worked mainly in cross stitch over two threads of linen, the text has been worked in cross stitch over 1 strand of linen. The project has been rated as suitable for all levels of abilities.

Thread Legend

Maggie’s delightful sampler has been reproduced with a palette of 23 colours from Au Ver à Soie’s range of Soie 100.3. We have provided conversions for Soie d’Alger (SDA) and DMC below. You will only need one spool or skein of each colour with the exception of SDA 4523 and 2641 when working on 28/32ct linen if using two strands of thread.

Soie 100.3

025 Blue green

093 Desert sand

108 Fern green

154 Tan

156 Hazelnut brown

176 Terracotta

196 Fern green ~ lt

199 Olive green

217 Desert sand ~ lt

303 Old gold

309 Grey green ~ lt

323 Tan ~ vy lt

325 Avocado green ~ lt

393 Raspberry

401 Brown grey

499 Christmas red

603 Beige grey

607 Salmon ~ lt

621 Blue green ~ lt

647 Avocado green

672 Beaver grey

703 Grey green

Blanc Snow white

Soie d’Alger

946 Christmas red

1024 Raspberry

1715 Grey green

1843 Fern green

2124 Avocado green ~ lt

2125 Avocado green

2223 Olive green

2243 Old gold

2641 Terracotta

2756 Tan ~ vy lt

2931 Salmon ~ lt

3221 Brown grey

3841 Beaver grey

4112 Desert sand ~ lt

4235 Hazelnut brown

4522 Tan

4523 Desert sand

4533 Beige grey

5021 Fern green ~ lt

5023 Blue green

5381 Blue green ~ lt

Blanc Snow white


437 Tan

470 Avocado green ~ lt

498 Christmas red

501 Blue green

522 Fern green

523 Fern green ~ lt

642 Beige grey

646 Beaver grey

729 Old gold

733 Olive green

738 Tan ~ vy lt

761 Salmon ~ lt

924 Grey green

927 Grey green ~ lt

937 Avocado green

950 Desert sand ~ lt

3024 Brown grey

3064 Desert sand

3779 Terracotta

3813 Blue green ~ lt

3828 Hazelnut brown

3832 Raspberry

5200 Snow white

Linen Sizes

The design area is 153 stitches (w) x 220 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing. The model was stitched using Jersey Cream by Legacy Linen which is available in 45ct.

28ct linen: Design: 10.93″ x 15.71″ Fabric: 16.93″ x 21.71″

32ct linen: Design: 9.56″ x 13.75″ Fabric: 15.56″ x 19.75″

36ct linen: Design: 8.50″ x 12.22″ Fabric: 14.50″ x 18.22″

40ct linen: Design: 7.65″ x 11.00″ Fabric: 13.65″ x 17.00″

46ct linen: Design: 6.65″ x 9.57″ Fabric: 12.65″ x 15.57″

56ct linen: Design: 5.46″ x 7.86″ Fabric: 11.46″ x 13.86″

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