Charlotte & Polly Hard

Charlotte & Polly Hard

Charlotte & Polly Hard

Another in Marking Sampler Adaptation series, the original sampler by these two sisters includes some interesting irregularities. It’s also a great fit for this verse used in medieval times to help children memorize their alphabet. As with the others in this series, the chartpak includes the collectible color alphabet card and links to the exclusive ABC bonus design.

Thanks to Barbara of Queenstown Sampler Designs, we may have 'found' Charlotte and Polly!  Per Barbara:
There were several Hard sisters born in Ferrisburgh, Addison, Vermont to Lansing (1792-1870) and Aurilla Marsh (1796-1858). Charlotte S. Hard (1827-1863) and Polly (possibly Harriet, who was born in 1823 and called Polly); other sisters were Ann, Aurilla, and Caroline. These samplers with the pendulous grape-hanging basket motifs are of a type which Barbara has researched and documented; she is a wonderful resource!

Marking Sampler Adaptation Series
All chartpaks include the two charts (adaptation and reproduction) plus a separate alphabet card to gather into a collection for handy reference when you are looking for an alphabet to personalize your work. Read more about these collectible cards in the tab below. Other samplers in the series include Mary Briggs and Sally Bullard.

Stitch count:

264 x 75 (antique is 297 x 98)


Access Commodities: 38 count Brewer's Malt Legacy linen
NOTE: substitution is Fuller's Teazel Legacy linen


Weeks Dye Works: Blue Suede, Havana, Putty, Schneckley
DMC: 022 (and 3371 is stitching the antique)

Included in each chartpak in the Marking Sampler Adaptation series is a full-color cardstock chart with at least one of the alphabets from its respective sampler. The card is sized as a half-sheet, or 5.5” x 8.5”, and will fit into a mini-sized binder with sheet protectors. Search for ‘mini’ binders on Amazon, Google, or look at paper crafting resources.

My binder has a DIY fabric cover (I used this tutorial from Hello Sewing) and I created a title page for this collection which you can download here (simply print, fold it in half and insert into your binder).

Other options for these cards might be a custom fabric pocket or small zippered project bag.

CHARLOTTE & POLLY HARD, Copyright 2022. Original counted thread designs by Linda Stolz for Erica Michaels Designs.

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