This listing is for a CROSS STITCH PATTERN, not for the finished sampler.
Inspired once again, by the graphic appeal of woven antique coverlets from the beginning of the 1800’s, meet my newest design!
I pulled the various elements of this pattern from different antique coverlets, combining them in my own way. The included chart has lettering that is reversed, in tribute to the same effect on most signed antique coverlets. I was tempted to stitch all of the words and numbers the “right” way, (you can feel free to do so for your own), but ultimately decided to keep mine in the style of the olden days.
I chose the roosters and acorns because they are still appealing today, reminding us of a time when most households raised their own chickens instead of going to the supermarket to get their meat and eggs. In the right climates, they also gathered acorns to use as a natural dye or for oil, and sometimes even as a meal added to breads or hot cereals. During the Civil War, acorns were used as a coffee substitute by the Confederates when they were cut off from supply routes by Union soldiers. Acorns are very bitter unless properly prepared, so I would advise sticking with the stitching of this nut, rather than its consumption.
Stitched on R&R Reproductions' 36ct. Old Towne Blend using just one thread over two strands of linen. Stitch count: 159 x 175
Using thread from Classic Colorworks: Blue Corn Frame by Valley House Primitives.
Full alphabet and number set included so that you can customize it with your own initials and date.
All of my patterns come with a fully detailed & professional thread chart, color photograph, & my recommendations for floss and fabric. It will arrive in a plastic zip-close envelope for safe keeping.