Catherine Archer Pincushion Brooches

Handcrafted for me by Paula Perrins of Wychbury Designs, these exquisite pincushion brooches are made using upcycled materials and Catherine Archer printed linen. Gift boxed for the stitcher who has everything…

Small Brooch – Trimmed with vintage lace and a shell button, the linen is printed with a scrap from Catherine Archer’s sampler. It is supplied with glass tipped pins. It measures 1.5in (3cm) across.

Large Brooch – A little larger this brooch sits on a fancier backing. Like its little sister, this brooch is trimmed with vintage lace and a shell button. The linen is printed with a scrap from Catherine Archer’s Sampler. It is supplied with pearl-style tipped pins and measures 2in (5cm) across.




The story of this little treasure

If you are wondering about the name, Catherine Archer was the little girl who stitched the sampler with which the book is covered (I am the very proud owner of the original sampler). An orphan, she stitched this sampler while she was living at Ashley Down Orphanage, one of the Müller orphanages in Bristol, UK. As was often the case with the alphabet samplers stitched by Müller children, Catherine’s design includes dozens of complete alphabets, her classmates’ initials, border motifs, keys and a Bible.

The stitching is quite breath-taking, with around 45 stitches to every inch. If you feel like a challenge, the complete original design can be downloaded from The Cross Stitch Guild. I have also charted some of the alphabets and border designs if you would like to create your own new Müller.