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   Nancy Alden, 1795

I stumbled across the original tablet format sampler one day at my local frame shop and was delighted when the owner allowed me to reproduce it. That bird in the lower corner really grabbed my attention, but the entire sampler is wonderful. It's likely English, although we don't know much about Nancy Alden at this point. Mostly worked in cross stitches, there are also eyelets and a few bullion knots, with the Lord's Prayer and Apostle's Creed worked over one thread.

If the large amount of over-one stitching seems a bit much for you, I've also charted the Lord's Prayer over two threads so it fills both tablet sections. It's still completely in character with the original and makes a nice alternative stitch.

Stitch count: 233 x 211

Lakeside Linens: 32ct Lentil linen
The Gentle Art: Brandy, Caramel Corn, Cast Iron Skillet, Cidermill Brown, Forest Glade, Pink Azalea (10 yds), Roasted Marshmallow, Shaker White, Tea Rose, Tropical Ocean
Weeks Dye Works: Aztec Red 2258 (10 yds), Busy Lizzie 2272 (10 yds), Cayenne 2259 (15 yds), Cognac 2242, Dirt Road 1240, Dove 1171, Havana 1230, Kudzu 2200 (10 yds), Putty 1201 (15 yds)

NOTE: NOTE: Consider purchasing additional linen so you have extra to complete the smalls in Nancy's Sewing Necessaries.

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Nancy's Sewing Necessaries

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