Phebe has come to rest
her weary threads
upon the walls of our home.
Please pardon her holes.
She is a little ragged around the edges
even missing in some places.
Her edges are paper thin.
She cost me more
then what I probably should have paid for her,
but I like her,
holes and all :-)
My first 18th century sampler,
"Phebe Cooper - 1791"
She is old.
Two hundred twenty one years old,
to be exact...
1791 was the year.
How old is that?
Let's think about this for a bit,
In 1791 George Washington was president.
The Betsy Ross 13 star flag was flying.
There were just the 13 original colonies,
with Vermont becoming the 14th in that year.
The Bill of Rights was signed,
in the same year...
When I think about her age,
it makes me feel better about
the holes, the stitch loss
Do I sound like someone who is justifying
a purchase? :-)
These are all things I will tell the
dh when he asks me "how much"???
A brick house, a dog, a sheep, a cow and a man with walking stick
adorn this piece...
some of my favorite sampler motifs.
Proverbs Chapter 3:13-18 are stitched over 1,
with the rest of the sampler worked over 2 threads.
To the best of my counting abilities (without cheaters on),
it appears to be about a 52 - 54 count linen.
those letters worked over 1 thread
are teeny tiny folks...so dainty!
Let's just say Phebe had good vision.
did they have cheaters (magnifiers) in the late 1700's??
Young eyes perhaps?
Rows of the alphabet
are worked along the top,
some in regular cross stitch
some in tiny eyelet stitches,
a stitch I'm still trying to perfect...
The sampler came to me
Connecticut estate auction.
Makes me wonder
how someone could part
with such a piece,
a family heirloom...
So kids of mine,
if you're reading your mother's blog posting today...
remember to tell your kids
that the samplers don't get sold
when I'm gone!!!
Have a good weekend,