Violet & Rose Alphabet Book

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This gorgeous hand-crafted book from Kate Bowles is just a joy! The design, Violet and Rose Alphabet was one of my early samplers (Design 127) and it appeared in Victorian Cross Stitch book published by David & Charles Books some 25 years ago. The cross stitch was worked as a counted design on 28-count Cashel ivory linen using stranded cottons (floss). Kate has cleverly used all the alphabet to completely cover the book and included the fabulous Berlin flower motif on the back. She has filled the book with the most perfect high-quality plain paper, and it has a linen tape closure. It is supplied tissue wrapped and gift boxed.

It measures 6 x 8.5in (15.5 x 21.5cm) and would make a lovely ideas book.


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The story of this little treasure

The sampler was inspired by a French sampler I spotted in a local antique shop. I can remember it as if it were yesterday – the price tag was exactly twice my month’s housekeeping! I was really attracted to the asymmetry of the design with the alphabet offset as shown. I scurried home to design my own version and, in the end, it was on the front cover of my Victorian Cross Stitch book. Funny how things turn out! The John Lewis buyer at the time would not stock the kit for this design as it was not symmetrical. It did turn out to be a very popular kit!