CHART PACK: 12 color pages
Must Fly Sampler
CROSS STITCH PATTERN DESIGNED BY RIVERDRIFT HOUSE
Amanda Stevenson, Riverdrift House's designer, was struck by the beauty of a large sampler when she visited the National Library of Wales collection in Aberystwyth. Stitched by Mary Jones in 1826 it depicts a manor house and its ornamental garden.
The central motif that appears in front of the house looks like a carpet, but is it a paved courtyard with an ornamental pattern? a garden pool decorated with mosaics? We'll never know. Still, it gives a very original character to the embroidery. The designer based her design on the original sampler, then added birds, animals, insects and flowers of her own creation, giving it a new life.
"It is always fun to re-interpret an antique classic. When absorbed in the stitching, it feels the closest to time travel I could ever come. I titled the design ‘Must Fly’ in reference to this experience "
The dominant tones are coral red and turquoise blue. The sampler was worked on a light gray linen fabric, but it is also possible to cross stitch on a white fabric substituting 2 colors of threads as listed.
Cross stitch pattern designed by Riverdrift House.
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Chart info & Needlework supplies for the pattern:
Chart size in stitches: 251 x 265 (wide x high)
Needlework fabric: 16ct Zweigart belfast linen - light grey (or white with color substitution)
Stitches: Cross stitch
Number of colors: 18
Themes: Sampler, birds, pigeon house, butterfly, squirrel, sheep, dog, ornamental garden