Friday, August 2, 2013

Arabella S. Graves 1862

Has made her debut in the Attic Needlework's latest newsletter.  It is an honor to be featured as the August 2013 Sampler of the Month!!  I could be more excited to share her with all of you!!!
Arabella stitched her sampler in 1862 and while we do not know to much information on her, we do know she was a very creative stitcher.  Using several fonts in a beautiful shade of red and giving all of us a run for our money on the alphabet!  The exquisite motifs were chosen with precise colors, which allows us to be excited at present day.
Arabella chose an uneven weave, which was common at that time.  
The chart pack includes both DMC and NPI/AVS silk conversion.  Simple to read pattern using all cross stitch (no over one!)  The stitch count is 246 x 245; using an uneven weave linen, you will achieve the same rectangle look.  Choosing a standard linen-any count, she will be more square.  Stunning either way!!  I hope she will give you many hours of pleasurable stitching!!  Thank you for visiting and I look forward to progress pics :)


  1. Your Arabella is so beautiful !!!! marvellous
    Can you tell me the real size of the original sampler ?
    it is to look for a uneven weave linen which has the same difference ... if it is possible ;-)
    thank you so much

    1. Great question!! Arabella chose a 36/32 ct uneven weave linen for her sampler; making her finished size 13.5" x 15.5". In choosing any count uneven weave linen, to achieve a similar look, be sure to use the higher count for the width and the smaller count for the length. Different counts will create different finished sizes. Using the uneven weave linen will give the sampler the rectangle look shown in the picture.

      Have a great weekend!!

  2. Thanks for your so kind help :-)