Mary was just 9
when she crossed her last stitch on this sampler.
The year was 1819.
I have a weakness when it comes to samplers with houses,
but there was more then just the house,
more on that later...
Her young eyes had no trouble stitching a verse in
on teeny tiny linen.
I love the verse.
In a close up study you will see a few of the bird's Mary stitched are going side-ways.
This is a little unusual for a schoolgirl sampler.
What did her instructress think of her side-way birds?
Makes you wonder, doesn't it?!!
Her chosen verse reads:
All you my friends that now expect to see
a piece of marking thus performed by me
cast but a smile on this my mean endeavour
I will strive to mend and be obedient ever
What makes this sampler extra special is I am able to put a face to the name.
An older face, anyway.
This is Mary Meredith in her later years.
Her married name was Mary Hope.
Her clothing indicates she is in mourning.
Who was she mourning, one wonders?
See her necklace?
Tucked away in a velvet line box
lies Mary's necklace.
It is the necklace she is wearing in the photo.
Sort of gives you goose bumps,
Take a closer look...
A mourning necklace.
The center locket of the pendant
holds basket-weaved hairs of
in which she is mourning.
not to be forgotten.
With thy needle & thread,