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.
Fabulous! I have a thing for house samplers and this looks like it will be a lovely one! I will need something to work on once I finish Frances Pool. Looking forward to the new release! Laura
I LOVE the colors! Looking forward to seeing it!
I just love samplers and this one is so gorgeous. The colours are superb, so tasteful. I can quite believe you when you say you are finding it hard to put it down
Just beautiful, I think the fading makes it EVEN more wonderful. I can't wait to see your reproduction on this one, it's going to be great!
An absolute beautiful posting. I see why you so adore samplers. Thank you for sharing
Love the color palette.....
I really enjoyed this posting too. The sampler is so lovely with its faded colours. If only these young girls could know how much we appreciate their efforts. Irene xxx
So Beautiful i think the fading is so pretty it's part of the story that it was cherished and loved and hung on a wall for many years. I could never let go of something like that that one of the women in my family stitched.
Oh what a pretty sampler! I can't wait to see more sneak perks and look forward to a release of this one! I live the faded samer and color palette you've chosen for the reproduction. I'm stitching Frances Pool now and previously finished JM Gardner and just love your taste in samplers to reproduce! Looking forward to stitching this one! Www.stampwithjen.com
Love the soft colors and a sampler with a house and people. Fantastic. Look forward to seeing the finish sampler. Carolyn B
This is going to be a beauty! Great colors!
The colours are so pretty. This is going to be a very beautiful sampler.
I'm going to have to stitch this sampler! My maiden name is Catherine Elizabeth Clark, so I must have this sampler, right?! Excited to see the pattern soon! Cathy
I am going through a difficult time and this made me feel better. It is beautiful...
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