Sarah’s Alphabets Notebook

This dear little book is completely covered in ivory linen with hand-stitched extracts taken from a reproduction of Sarah Maydman’s sampler originally stitched in 1693 when she was only 10 years old. (No antique samplers were harmed in the making of this book!)

The book has been hand made by artisan Kate Bowles from a tiny section of the replica sampler which is no longer available as a kit, although the chart for the sampler is available to download from the Cross Stitch Guild. I say a tiny section because Kate is so thifty with any stitched scraps and will not waste any little stitched piece!

The book closes with a narrow linen tape and is full of a variety of recycled lined and squared paper and card pages. The notebook measures 3.5 x 4.5in (9 x 11.5cm).


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The story of this little treasure

I met Kate Bowles for the first time on my stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate some years ago. We got talking and she showed me an example of her hand-bound books. I haven’t been without one in my handbag since. One of my favourite books is one Kate made me some years ago to celebrate supplying Liberty of London for over 25 years. She had included my old hand-drawn designs of the Liberty building in Regent Street and used an old tape measure as part of the spine.