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antique cross stitch
antique cross stitch
Martha James 1844
Martha James 1844

Hands Across The Sea

Martha James 1844

$32.99

Martha James’s sampler is a merry one full of color within an undulating border of honeysuckle. This reproduction of her diligent needlework will bring hours of joy to sample lovers everywhere.

The sampler features the "Fountain of blessing, ever blest" verse amid an idyllic scene of the English countryside in the 1800's. Below the verse, a woman and boy stroll near a beautiful village among intricately crafted flora and fauna. This pattern is absolutely breath-taking, and the impressive detail involved in the sampler can be found below:

In the bottom section is an idyllic scene set between two trees with stags below and birds above hovering in the sky together with wisps of clouds in the distance and two large twinkling stars. In the background is a church with a steeple and a windmill which could be found in the quaint  villages of the English countryside in the 1800’s. To the foreground, coming towards the viewer, is a little boy in his Sunday best suit jauntily strolling along hand in hand with a lady carrying a basket of flowers on her head. This lady appears in another sampler that Hands Across the Sea Samplers has reproduced, Sarah Daws.

The middle section of Martha’s sampler features the verse “Fountain of blessing, ever blest”. The top section of Martha’s sampler features a delightful band of flowers and shrubs, including a particularly beautiful dog rose, all sat on a horizontal band composed of a repeating Grecian geometric pattern.