Sarah Ann Banton was born in Kent, England and stitched this sampler in 1833 at age 9. The original sampler appears to have been stitched in silk on a 45/55 count linen.
Model stitched on 40ct Weeks Putty with AVAS Soie d’Alger silks
Both samplers call for 15 thread colors and the following conversions are provided:
There are two threads that are only used for a handful of stitches (DMC 898 & 931).
The reproduction is 275w x 439h about 14 x 21” on 40 count linen
Stitches used in the reproduction:
- Cross-stitch over one and over two
- Satin stitch
- Straight stitch
- Stem stitch
The reproduction features a verse at the top that reads:
Amongst ten thousand vain delights,
One thing is needful still;
Lord grant me Mary’s portion then,
And give me Mary’s will.
The reproduction also includes a freehand embroidery section around Sarah’s name and her age.
The adaptation is 275w x 365h about 14 x 18” on 40 count linen
The adaptation removes the verse and the carnation band. The freehand embroidery section has been replaced with a cross-stitch version, as have the satin-stitched motifs.