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This listing is for a PDF pattern, instantly downloadable after purchase, so you can start stitching right away!

As I wanted to do a sampler with text, I searched for a suitable poem and found this verse from an old English poem by Nicholas Breton(1558 - 1626):

Foolish love is only folly
Wanton love is too unholy
Greedy love is covetous
Idle love is frivolous
But the gracious love is it
that doth prove the work of it

The lettering was borrowed from an antique sampler in the V&A collection, whilst the edge motifs were inspired by traditional patterns from the Andes.

Inspiration for the turtledoves came from Byzantine paintings, making this a rather eclectic pattern
This sampler measures 197 crosses in height and 147 crosses in width. Stitched over two threads on 32 count linen, it would approximately measure 12 1/4” by 9 1/4” (31.5 by 23.5cm).

Make sure to check out my shop to discover some high quality embroidery threads and fine linens.

The pattern includes two alphabets and a number set, so you can personalise your sampler with your initials and the year you finished it in.

All my patterns are available as high quality PDF files. To open these files you will need Adobe Reader, which you can download here for free: http://get.adobe.com/reader

If you have any questions about this item or my shop, don't hesitate to contact me! I love hearing from you. Also check out my website http://www.modernfolkembroidery.com

- Jacob

Gracious Love - PDF cross-stitch pattern