Janice Wood created a sweet cross-stitch heart, which incorporates traditional Quaker sampler motifs with an alphabet on one side of the heart and the date and recipient’s initials on the reverse. Download this free pattern from PieceWork. —Editor
Medallion samplers, with whole medallions in the center and half and quarter medallions on the borders and corners, were one of three distinct types of samplers stitched at Quaker schools in England and America during the seventeenth century. The motifs were thought to have been used to teach mathematics, and the samplers usually were stitched in monochromatic or somber colors.
This small heart pillow was designed using traditional Quaker sampler motifs and variegated cherry red thread to give it an aged appearance. A traditional sampler alphabet appears on one side with the date and recipient’s initials on the reverse side.
Charles Craft Irish Linen Evenweave, 32-count 100% linen fabric, #IL-9326-2514-BX Cream, 9 x 9 inches (22.9 x 22.9 cm), 2 pieces
The Gentle Art Sampler Threads, 100% cotton 6-strand thread, 5 yards (4.6 m)/skein, 1 skein of Cherry Wine
DMC Pearl Cotton, 100% cotton thread, size 8, 87.5 yards (80 m)/ball, 1 ball of #644 Medium Beige Gray
John James Needles, tapestry size 24 and sharps size 8
Sewing thread, white
Embroidery hoop, 7 inches (affiliate link) (17.8 cm) in diameter
Pellon fleece, white, 5 x 10 inches (12.7 x 25.4 cm), 1 piece
Tracing paper, 5 x 5 inches (12.7 x 12.7 cm), 1 piece
Finished size: 4 x 4¼ inches (10.2 x 10.8 cm)
Janice Wood has been stitching since age eight and has been designing and teaching needlework for over twenty years. She especially enjoys samplers and the history of decorative arts.
Posted February 13, 2014. Updated January 16, 2020.