My New Year's Day start,
Elizabeth Clark, 1822.
This is an antique reproduction
that is currently in my hoop,
I'm having a hard time putting her down...
The original is from my personal collection
is heavily faded.
I love faded samplers.
I'm always intrigued
with how beautiful
a faded sampler
can still look...
When Elizabeth Clark arrived,
she was glued to a piece of wood.
the glue had hardened,
and the sampler
pulled away from the board
I turned it over,
and to see the sampler
in her un-faded state
made me gasp...
she is beautiful!
of some of my favorite motifs...
Look real hard,
and you'll find a sweet little man
in the corner.
a large grape vine
stitched in a somewhat quirky fashion...
a lovely brick house
X X X X X
And here's where
stitching row upon row of
tiny clay bricks...
The verse on the sampler reads,
"with humble heart and tongue
my god to thee I pray
o make me learn whilst I am young
how I may cleanse my way"
The sampler originates from Everthorp, England
and may have been
Elizabeth's second piece she stitched.
From my readings,
most girls often stitched two samplers.
The first being more simplistic,
with the alphabet and a few motifs.
did not get displayed in the homes.
Their second sampler
was much more
detailed and elaborate.
It was this sampler that was often hung
by the parents
in the parlor to enjoy.
was somewhat of a status symbol...
one must remember,
that this was the only formal education
these young girls had,
at about a cost of $2.00 a day.