East Coast Sampler

3.8"  x  12.4"   on 16/32 count fabric

Sail away into history and romance among the gardens along the Connecticut coast in this lovely design from Jeannette Douglas’ American Journey series.

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East Coast Sampler from the American Journey Series.  The New England state of Connecticut comes to life in this vibrant sampler. Come Beside the Long Tidal River and enjoy the abundance of the gardens, and the romance of the ships that sail to and fro on the lapping waves of the Atlantic.

The sampler contains 19 bands, done in a palette of over-dyed silk and cotton. Many “specialty” stitches are used – there are diagrams and written instructions for all of them, making this design approachable – if you have patience (and Google), your initial skill level with specialty stitches will not be important.

Each band is described both in terms of how to execute the stitches, and in its significance or symbolism to the sampler as a whole. Jeannette includes wonderfully interesting tidbits of science, history and lore behind each subject. The call of the sea and the depth of this history of Connecticut will fill you as you stitch.  As Jeannette says,

What an absolute treat to research and learn about the state of Connecticut. Living so far away in the west, it gives me new appreciation for the history that abounds here. Things just have a more old-world feel than the newness of the west… This piece could certainly be used as probably many of the New England States, as their connection to the water is certainly as strong… I loved the visit to Connecticut and was in awe of the Atlantic Ocean.

Designed by Jeannette Douglas, © 2005.

Supplies Needed to Stitch “East Coast Sampler”

Stitched on 32 count Vintage Autumn Blush* linen from Wichelt Imports (2 over 2).

*Vintage Autumn Blush is no longer available. We recommend 32 count Fairy Dust.

DMC Floss Weeks Dye Works Gentle Art
  •  610
  • 3799
  • Ecru
  • Plum
  • Bright Leaf
  • Father’s Day
  • Rust
  • Dolphin
  • Tin Roof
  • Conch
  • Concord
  • Juniper
  • Pelican Gray
  • Terra Cotta

By Jupiter Charm

  • AG Bees
  • AS Anchor
  • AS Lighthouse

Just Another Button Company

  • US Folk Art Flag
Sampler Threads

  • Chamomile
  • Maple Syrup
  • Dried Thyme
  • Mulberry
  • Nutmeg



12-ply Silk

  • Topiary
  • Red Clay

There are no known corrections to this pattern. If you suspect an error, please contact Jeannette Douglas.

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Stitch Count60 w x 198 h
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