Historic Sampler Charts & Original Cross Stitch Designs

Reproduction Sampler Charts

I hope to be a thread that bridges historic needlework with contemporary needle-art

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About my Charts

All patterns are instant downloadable PDF files, for paper charts click on the PAPER CHARTS section in the menu above.

Charts That Are Printed For You

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Hi, so glad you are here!

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 birgit@thewishingthorn.com

I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.

Have a magnificent day

Read about Harriet's trip from England to America

Original Designs

These are my own original sampler designs. Many will have Art Deco influences and employ a variety of stitches, not only cross-stitch.

Wheel of the year sampler pattern The Wishing Thorn

Wheel Of The Year Sampler

A stunning Wheel of the Year Sampler to take you through the seasons.

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iolanthe sampler pattern by the wishing thorn, Birgit Tolman

Iolanthe Sampler

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Night Thistle sampler pattern by the wishing thorn

Night Thistle Cross Stitch Sampler

Beautiful classic colors in this art deco-inspired sampler.

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twilight woods sampler by the wishing thorn

Twilight Woods Sampler Pattern

A modern design, with some beautiful Art Nouveau touches reminiscent of days gone by.

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Why I do what I do

Jnae Jones 1832 Reproduction Sampler

Jane Jones 1832

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!

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