Charlotte Kingsley Griffin 1834 is a very manageable 266 stitches (w) x 348 stitches (h) and is stitched in two over cross stitch with two motifs having some satin stitch which makes her perfect for the beginner stitcher, who would like the challenge of something more than cross stitch.
Charlotte’s Sampler uses a pallet, evoking the colours of an English Autumn. A border of flowers encases a central house flanked by two identical smaller houses, sitting halfway across the sampler, separating the verse in the top half and a selection of typical motifs in the bottom.
The verse is the third verse of a Christian hymn, “And now, my soul, another year” written in 1720 by Simon Browne (1860-1732). The bottom half includes the motifs of owls, peacocks, birds, flowers, crowns and hearts, flanking a central basket of flowers.
Charlotte was born in 1825 in the small market town of Tring, Hertfordshire, about 30 miles to the north of London. This was also the birthplace of John Washington, the great-grandfather of President of USA, George Washington.
Her life saw the beginning of the great age of Victoria and all the social and industrial changes that that would bring.
The booklet is produced in full colour with both colour and symbol blocks and there is a page overlap of 5 rows for ease of use when changing pages. The model was stitched in AVAS silks on 40ct Zweigart linen in Summer Khaki and there are thread legends for both AVAS and DMC conversions and a full biography of Charlotte and her family.