Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Look at the nails!!! Are you framing your samplers like this? I certainly hope not.
Mary Evans worked hard on this lovely sampler only to have it nailed to a board. Luckily it was backed with muslin. I think the muslin has saved it from major damage.
The last time we attended Heart of Country in Nashville I picked up this one. Mary Evans finished it October 20, 1830. That was 181 years ago. I bet Mary skipped around the room when this was completed!
Mary Evans will be the featured sampler in a cross stitch book released in April or May. Her sampler was chosen because of the wonderful three baskets she stitched.
Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And baskets in a row.
I don't mean to imply that Mary Evans was contrary. If you judge her by her sampler, she was a very good girl indeed.
Until later dear friends,