In Sarah Orne Jewett’s quaint story, “The Queen’s Twin,” Abby Martin believes she has a kindred spirit in QueenVictoria. They were born on the same day and at exactly the same hour, to be sure. And they both married men named Albert. But more than that was the special bond between them ~ a birthright. Her deep affection for her “dear Queen” inspired this little sampler featuring various crown motifs, the year 1819 (the birth year of Abby Martin & QueenVictoria), and a wee little Queen. The initials of Queen Victoria and her own Albert are captured in a frame and the words “On Fancy’s Wings” come from this bit of old sampler verse:
“Tho broadAtlanticrolls between
FairEngland’s isle and me
On Fancy’s wings I fly unseen
And oft converse with thee.”
A more fitting verse for Abby Martin and her dear Queen, I can’t imagine! Stitched in nice muted colors of pewter, charcoal, brown, and moss green on 32 count linen over both one and two threads (the wee Queen is over one – the rest of the design is over two). Stitch count is 104h x 127w and measures approx. 6.5”h x 8”w.
Pattern includes a color photo, professional cross stitch chart with floss colors, and instructions for aging your sampler.