and her name was Mildred...

 she has come to grace a nook or cranny of my house
or maybe a wall...
 she's not too big,
no fancy borders,
no frame,
just edges that are simply
 turned under...

See the urn?
I love it's delicate little handles...
The sampler isn't without imperfections.
She has a couple holes 
 her dark green threads
have bled overtime...
Fairly common
 with this floss color
in antique samplers.
Simple little motifs worked in rows.
See the little man with the walking stick?
I love him too...
Eyelet stitches worked in magenta silk floss.
See the crown? 
It too,
 seems so delicate to me.
The verse reads,
 in old English alphabet,
This I have done that you might see
what care my parents took of me.
and her name was Mildred...
my mother's name.
That's why I really really love this sampler,
must have.

Mildred Brown Fotherb, age 18 

X X X X 

In response to emails
blog comment questions
 in regards to the photo in the blog banner...
this is a new pattern that will be part of a 3 new pattern release
coming in early June.
  July Word Play,
 Strawberry Hill Sampler
Thimble Purses, a stitcher's necklace,
charts will release together
 at that time. 

With thy Needle & Thread,


Mary said...

She is a beautiful sampler....my Mother's name too.

Penny said...

Wonderful colors and motifs in this sampler... it is just beautiful!

Nancy said...

So pretty...my mother's name was Mildred also!

Melissa said...

I've been waiting patiently, Brenda! I'm pleased to see this beautiful sampler available soon!

Elisabetta said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Elisabetta said...

The Sampler is really wonderful in in every detail. Patiently waiting for the other wonderful patterns...

basketsnprims said...

Love your new sampler, I hope you are able to reproduce it some time. I was going to ask about the header but you've already answered. Can't wait for the new releases.

sand said...

Are you going to release Mary Wrigley 1834 in the near future? Can't wait for Strawberry Hill can't be soon enough. Debbie

mdgtjulie said...

I just love it when you can save an older piece of needlework and display it. That's awesome!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a wonderful sampler!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a wonderful sampler!

Nancy said...

Mildred is a beautiful sampler!

Denise said...

Very beautiful...my mother-in-law,
Mildred Brown died in 2010 at aged 100. Love all your designs, wish
you continued success.

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

What beautiful,inspiring photographs!

edie said...

Make my day, tell me Mildred will be one of your beautifully reproduced patterns!

Denise said...

Very Pretty, I love the colors. I just started this type of cross stitching and love it! I hope the things I make will be an heirloom to pass down to my children!!!

Jo Ann said...

Beautiful sampler-I am with the rest of the group-will you reproduce her. I think we all have had a favorite Mildred in our lives. Mine was an Aunt Mildred-what a wonderful character she was. Great memories. Will be sure to keep my eyes open for this one.
Jo Ann

Jamie said...

This is just great! My grandmother's name was Mildred Brown! Love this! Jamie V in MT

Patty C. said...

What a great sampler!

Blogger said...

Did you know that you can make cash by locking special pages of your blog or website?
All you need to do is open an account on AdscendMedia and add their content locking widget.