Historic Sampler Charts & Original Cross Stitch Designs
The thread that bridges historic needlework with contemporary needle-art
Spun Silk Sampler PDF
Hi, so glad you are here!
Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I am Birgit, maker at the The Wishing Thorn. Grab a cup of Tea and stay a while. There are many patterns to browse much to read about some of our lovely talented ladies from the past. If you ever need to get a hold of me for pattern help of with new ideas just email me at email@example.com
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'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
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Reproduction Sampler Patterns PDF Charts
Why I do what I do
These samplers provide contemporary viewers rare insights into the past. They tell a story about their life. Their daily life, matters of importance and beliefs. If you would like to discover their past, you may want to check the blog for some of the completed histories at this time.
Bringing these young girls' needlework and histories to you to stitch is an honor. Seeing a beautiful sampler like Jane's (to the left) most likely embroidered at a very young age, in such poor condition breaks my heart. The love and time to cross-stitch this, and now almost destroyed.
I am so grateful to my ancestors that started me on this path with my great grandmother's sampler (Olga Spindler you’ll find her in the sampler section) All the samplers in my collection are like my “daughters” – they are cherished. Knowing you share the same love for them brings such joy!