Elizabeth Weston - Hands Across the Sea Samplers - Paper Chart


Shipping to United States: $7.07

From Hands Across The Sea Samplers

When Elizabeth’s sampler first arrived, we were so excited by her gentle beauty. The sampler had probably been hung, for some time, in a position where dappled sunshine fell across the linen. Rather than detract, the faded elegance has added to her beauty. From the back of Elizabeth’s sampler, and three others from the same school that are in the collection of Hands Across the Sea Samplers, we know that these samplers originally burst with vibrant colours. We chose to replicate the time mellowed colours on the front, with occasional help from the back. The soft pinks, creams and olives of today are a delight for the eye.

Elizabeth made good use of her linen choosing many beautiful motifs to fill her sampler. There are three sections contained within a meandering vine which is heavily laden with a profusion of violas, star flowers and snowdrops. In the top section flanked by baskets and urns filled with a profusion of flowers and fruit is one of our favourite verses ~ “Next unto God Dear Parents I address …….”

This verse was very popular with school girls to stitch on their samplers. It first appeared in 1695 in an educational manual entitled “The Young Man’s Companion: Or, Arithmetick Made Easy” by William Mather. The book was an encyclopaedia of “practical lessons and useful information applicable to many professions and was intended for the use of both the schoolmaster and the self taught”.

Dividing the top and middle section is a beautiful floral border of violas, carnations, roses and star flowers. In the middle section there are various birds including a distinguished green parrot and what could be a chaffinch. They all face towards a particularly pretty central cartouche which surrounds Elizabeth’s name and age. The last two digits of the year have been removed. This may have been done by Elizabeth later in her life to conceal her true age. Samplers where the date has been deliberately removed are known as “Vanity Samplers”.

On the bottom section we find the highlight of Elizabeth’s sampler. A magnificent Temple of Fame nestled between two lofty fruiting trees. Two angels with trumpets signifying that they are the voice of God hover either side of the temple. Butterflies, moths, bugs, birds, crowns, stars, deer, dogs and lions fill this section.

Through our research we know of several “Temple of Fame” samplers that have strong similarities. The sampler stitched by Mary Ann Clark in 1829 is strikingly homogeneous. Elizabeth and Mary Ann both finished their samplers at eleven years of age. Mary Ann reversed the middle and bottom sections on her sampler. Whilst we will never know for certain it is possible that Mary Ann was baptised in 1818 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire and Elizabeth in Wednesfield, Staffordshire in 1817.

36 page booklet in full color.
Reproduced with Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silks with conversions for DMC and Needlepoint Silk stitched on a 36ct linen closest in color to DMC 422.

Stitch count is 433 x 449.

Elizabeth executed her beautiful sampler in cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch and 4 elongated lazy daisy stitches. The sampler is suitable for all levels of ability.


Credit card via PayPal.
Direct Checkout.

All orders are considered final at the time of payment.

Shipping from Australia

If you purchase multiple items, the cost indicated for shipping may be significantly more than the actual cost. It is difficult to anticipate all possible combinations! Please be assured that we will ship at the best available price and overpayment will be refunded. I recommend that you contact us for a custom order which will advise exact postage cost.

We are very happy to provide a custom listing for you. Combine any of the fabrics available in our store to create your own bundle then just contact us for a custom listing with accurate shipping cost.

Delivery Timeframes (from posting date):
-within Australia is usually between
- 2-6 business days
- International deliveries are usually within 2-4 weeks but may be up to 10-12 weeks (rarely ...thankfully!)
- Tracked international deliveries are usually within 1-3 weeks. Please contact me for a quote and custom order.

Germany and Canada : Shipments are regularly delayed due to inbound Customs. Please contact us if you would like a quote for tracked (faster!) shipping.

UK: Shipments are sometimes delayed due to inbound Customs. Please contact us if you would like a quote for tracked (faster!) shipping.

US: Shipments are usually delivered within 10-20 business days but there may be extended delays due to inbound Customs.

Please allow extra time for deliveries if you live in regional areas (I am sure you already know this!), at peak times and public holidays (such as Christmas) and during significant weather events and other natural disasters.

Please contact me via an Etsy CONVO and I will follow up with the postal service(s) if your order hasn't arrived:
Within Australia - after 2 weeks
International - after 6 weeks

We are unable to accept responsibility for shipments which are delayed or missing in transit but will make every effort assist you to track and locate the package with the carrier. Unfortunately, we cannot refund or offer replacements for orders lost in the mail. Please be assured that we have never had a missing shipment, just occasionally delayed.

Tracking and / or insurance may be available for your delivery destination an extra cost. Please contact us for a quote.

Foreign delivery times will vary depending on location, local postal services and conditions. Expected delivery is 10-20 business days, but please allow up to 4-6 weeks for some locations. Shipping costs can significantly reduced, especially for heavy parcels, if you choose economy shipping (seamail) but delivery will take 6-10 weeks depending on location. Please contact us if you are considering this shipping method. We cannot be responsible for items any delay in delivery.

International customers are responsible for any extra fees and costs incurred for customs, duties and taxes. These extra fees vary widely from country to county so we recommend that you research the policies specific to your country. Also, when customs clearance procedures are necessary, delays can be caused that will increase the time it takes to arrive. It is illegal to make a false declaration to Customs so please do not ask for this.

SHIPPING SPECIAL - While we are happy to absorb reasonable costs associated with this offer (maybe up to AUD$25 - 50), we reserve the right to select the shipping service. Therefore, orders for multiple books may be shipped by seamail.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale

Questions about your order?

Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Returns and exchange details

Please refer to Etsy policies.

All sales are considered final at the time of payment.

We endeavour to provide the best possible service to our customers, but it is inevitable that mistakes will occur from occasionally. Please contact us immediately if there is a problem with your order so that we can do what we can to fix it for you.

Fabrics may not be returned (unless of course it is our mistake).


Have nothing in your life that you do not know to,be useful, or believe to be beautiful. (William Morris)

Reviews (2)


Love this chart!

I'm a strong sampler stitcher from the moment I started stitching. I love the color in this sampler and even though I don't have the floss or fabric to start stitching on it yet I know I will love it more than I do now. Thanks

Legal imprint