I recently acquired this simple sampler
and thought I'd share her with you all ~
|Eliza Ann Sarah Shrimpton Her Work aged 7 years|
measuring approx. 11 1/2" x 15" and stitched onto loosely-woven homespun linen.
a subtle alphabet above a lower central motif of a potted flower, flanked by trees with birds atop.
a couple of crowns, 2 little dogs and her name & age ~
Once I removed her from the frame, the backside of the sampler revealed beautiful thread colors:
purple, acid green, cobalt & indigo blue....
|faded coral threads that were once a vibrant purple ~|
Worked by tiny hands, the somewhat large stitches are worked 2 over 2 on the linen,
I believe it to be 22ct (11ct)...uneven weave, and the threads worked look to be wool/silk...
|neat & tidy for such small hands|
the edges of the sampler were turned back and stitched with green threads,
...pulling the linen's edges for a very pleasing effect ~
|frame is not original to this sampler.|
there is no date or provenance to this sampler,
so I can only speculate on when & where it was made...
tiny holes and some broken linen threads are apparent,
but otherwise a sweet and charming work of heart & hand ~
|~ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ~|
I'm thinking of replicating this sampler
and others in my collection to offer as patterns for you to stitch as well ~
will keep you posted on that!
IN OTHER NEWS ~
*I will be updating our CLASS Schedule (link on sidebar)
and wanted to let you know that the Winter Classes are going to be awesome!
I LOVE holding classes in the shop during the colder months ~
the woodstove will be piping, the kettle will be whistling and what better way to spend a day than to be in the good company of like-minded friends??
Our first class will be held November 23rd and will be a
beautiful Burlap Wreath class project taught by Nancy Bauer ~
she will also be teaching us how to make our very own
soothing healing balm for our chapped winter hands
(More info & details to come SOON!)
*Preparations are being made for our upcoming
Christmas Open House
which will be on Saturday, December 7th 10:00 ~ 3:00
we will have wonderful, fresh primitives, new rug hooking kits & wool, handmades & needfuls.
Refreshments will be served,
and I'm thinking Santa & Mrs Claus will be here to greet you again!!
... I wanted to thank all of those who are voting for the Hallowe'en Challenge finishes!
I TOLD you they were awesome!!!!
I will be in the shop today ~
if you're in the area, stop on in and visit for a while :)
*Blessed be, my Friends*
~ Lori ~