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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

'Bread of heaven' cross stitch sampler.

 Bread of Heaven
Bread of heaven, on thee we feed,
for thy flesh is meat indeed:
ever may my souls be fed
with this true and living bread;
day by day with strength supplied
through the life of him who died.

Vine of heaven, thy blood supplies
this blest cup of sacrifice:
Lord thy wounds our healing give;
to thy cross we look and live:
Jesus may we ever be
  grafted, rooted built on thee! 

 Writen in 1824 by Josiah Conder (1789-1855) 


     This beautiful cross stitch pattern features the words to the beloved hymn- Bread of heaven.
     The design is inspired by an antique sampler in my collection. Though not dated the needlework dates probably from around the second half of the 1800's, it is signed with the name 'Davey'.
    The original sampler was worked in colorful threads on punched paper (or Bristol board as it was also called at the time). The embroidery was then bordered with a pink ribbon, and stitched to a plain cloth before being framed.

    Through the years the colors have faded, as has the ribbon. But when you look on the wrong side of the sampler you can see how colorful and vibrant the embroidery would have been originally.

    The new sampler pattern is available here:

Antique punch paper cross stitch sampler

If you look on the underside you can see how the colors would have looked originaly

Here are the seven shades of DMC thread I used in the new pattern... I feel the colors suit the essence of the original sampler

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