Counted Cross Stitch Pattern, Helen Kedslie 1815, Reproduction Sampler, Scottish School Sampler, Hands Across the Sea, PATTERN ONLY


This is for the PATTERN ONLY.

Counted Cross Stitch pattern, Helen Kedslie 1815. Helen Kedslie 1815 is an impressive and exquisitely stitched example of samplers worked in Scotland during this period. The majority of Scottish samplers were stitched in the Scottish School System or with a teacher who specialized in sewing and embroidery. Learning to sew was a very important lesson for girls.

The sampler’s colourful, trailing rose vine border contains several motifs associated with Scottish school girl samplers. The large building featured is found on many Scottish samplers and it is possible that it is a School. The two story pediment building has a lawn in front stitched in varying shades of green together with an imposing set of gates, stone wall and picket fence.

Other motifs of note on the sampler include two six tailed peacocks; a lion with his tail curved over his back in an “S” shape; a pyramid of strawberries; a beautiful basket filled with flowers and a basket of fruit; numerous birds, including eagles or phoenixes and a stylised swan; deer, rabbits, cat and dog. Diamond shaped fir trees, worked in cross stitch, often seen in Scottish samplers are featured together with four unusual and distinctive stem and satin stitched trees which we have carefully counted out for you within the graph. A beautiful moss rose and Scotland’s national floral emblem, the thistle, are also featured.

Helen chose Ecclesiastes 12.1 as the verse on her sampler, and it can be found on samplers from 1763-1876. Both the Church of England and the Church of Scotland used the 1611 version of the Bible which was translated by King James VI (Scotland) and I (England) and it is still used today.

Remember now thy creator in
The days of thy youth while the
Evil days come not nor the years
Draw nigh when though shalt say
I have no pleasure in them.

Helen’s sampler has been rated as suitable for a confident intermediate or advanced stitcher. All the motifs have been counted out for you within the graph, there is no tracing required. There are a variety of stitches including cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch, a handful of queen stitches, rice stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, double running stitch and bullion stitch.

The graph has been annotated with instructions, stitch diagrams and shade numbers for ease of use.

The sampler has been reproduced with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks and the skein quantities calculated based on 1 strand on 36ct fabric. We have provided a DMC conversion based on 2 strands on 36ct fabric. The model was stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Sand Dune.

Soie d’Alger/DMC

2925 x 1 / 304 x 1 – Christmas red – medium

2946 x 1 / 326 x 1 – R0se – very deep

2644 x 1 / 347 x 1 – Salmon – very dark

4525 x 1 / 420 x 1 – Hazel nut brown – dark

2246 x 1 / 780 x 1 – Topaz – ultra very dark

2543 x 1 / 676 x 1 – Old gold – light

2225 x 1 / 732 x 1 – Olive green

2211 x 1 / 734 x 1 – Olive green – light

3812 x 3 / 738 x 3 – Tan – very light

931 x 1 / 761 x 1 – Salmon – light

2926 x 1 / 814 x 1 – Garnet – dark

3745 x 2 / 830 x 2 – Golden olive – dark

206 x 1 / 924 x 1 – Grey green – very dark

2216 x 3 / 934 x 3 – Black avocado green

3723 x 1 / 3052 x 1 – Grey green – medium

4536 x 1 / 3031 x 1 – Mocha brown – very dark

4533 x 1 / 3782 x 1 – Mocha brown – light

4534 x 1 / 611 x 1 – Drab brown

2533 x 1 / 3820 x 1 – Straw – dark

4245 x 3 / 680 x 3 – Old gold – dark

2235 x 1 / 3829 x 1 – Old gold – very dark

4614 x 1 /301 x 1 – Mahogany – medium


The design area is 326 stitches (w) x 491 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3” margin for finishing and framing.

28ct – Design: 23.29″ x 35.07″ Fabric: 29.29″ x 41.07″

32ct – Design: 20.38″ x 30.69″ Fabric: 26.38″ x 36.69″

36ct – Design: 18.11″ x 27.28″ Fabric: 24.11″ x 33.28″

40ct – Design: 16.30″ x 24.55″ Fabric: 22.3″ x 30.55″

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