Hands Across the Sea - Charlotte Amelia Stephens 1834 ~ Silk Thread Kit

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Charlotte Amelia Stephans, 1834 is a beautiful 19th century English Sampler from Hands Across the Sea.

Please note that the border in the sampler requires careful counting when stitching. Sandra found that she had miscounted when stitching the model. Please follow the graph and not the photograph!

Choice of purchasing thread kit only, Printed Chart only or as full kit with linen. 

Full Kit options:

Includes linen of choice, Chart Booklet +  Soie d'Alger or Soie 1003 threads (+Free Shipping). 

Linen Choices:

  • 30 ct 1 yard - Honey Glaze -72" x 36" ~ Recommended for Soie d'Alger Threads only  
  • 37 ct Fat Half - Wild Honey - 35" x 36" ~ Recommended for both Soie d'Alger and Soie 1003 threads
  • 38 ct Fat Half - Fuller's Teazel - 35" x 36" ~ Recommended for both Soie d'Alger and Soie 1003 threads
  • 45 ct Fat Half -Foxtail Millet - 17.5" x 18" Recommended for Soie 1003 Threads 

Thread Options:

 Au Ver a Soie®, Soie d'Alger - 37 ct version includes 36 skeins. Recommended linen for this thread is 38 ct or lower.

 Au Ver a Soie®, Soie d'Alger - 30 ct version includes 56 skeins. Recommended linen for this thread is 30 ct or lower.

 Au Ver a Soie®, Soie 1003 includes 28 spools. Recommended linen for this thread is 37 ct or higher.


    ***Please note, this item is excluded from any discounts or sales. 

    About the Sampler from the Designer



    In the March of 2019, I stumbled across a stunning sampler in an auction catalogue. The sampler had been worked by Jane Harris Hogson in 1833. When Jane arrived, there were many oohs and aahs amongst my needlework friends. I decided to gift Jane to my dearest friend Sandra as she had fallen in love with the sampler. We both share a passion for large samplers with sweeping floral borders.

    Amazingly, I then came across an almost identical sampler for sale which I was lucky enough to acquire. The second sampler was dated 1834 and was stitched by Charlotte Amelia Stevens. There was no doubt that these two samplers were closely connected.

    Both girls were 13 years old when they worked their samplers. Other than their names and the years (1833 and 1834) there are no discernible differences. The composition of the samplers, colours, verses and the wording of the dedications are the same. Jane finished her sampler on Friday, September 20, 1833, and Charlotte on Thursday, June 19, 1834.

    When Sandra received Jane, she initially planned to reproduce her. However, when I acquired Charlotte, Sandra decided that she would recreate Charlotte, so that the two girls could hang together in her home. It has been an epic four-year journey for Sandra with the girls. The sampler presented to you within this booklet is Sandra’s interpretation of Charlotte and Jane.

    At the start of my research, the two girls were initially illusive. Jane’s surname was spelt Hodgson in the family history records. In the 1800s the spelling of names was much less consistent than today. Many people did not read or write, and parish clerks and census enumerators wrote names down in various ways.

    I eventually found both girls in the village of Stoke. The village lies in the parish of Stoke Damerel, one of the ancient parishes of Devon. The parish includes stretches of the coast west of Plymouth and north of Devonport...."

    Hands Across the Sea - Charlotte Amelia Stephens 1834 ~ Silk Thread Kit
    Hands Across the Sea - Charlotte Amelia Stephens 1834 ~ Silk Thread Kit

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