Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sarah Rogers 1803 Sampler

Our latest release is this adaptation of one of the antique samplers in my collection. Originally stitched on a very high count fabric in 1803 by 12 year old Sarah Rogers, we elected to brighten its colorway and stitch it over two on 28 Ct Wichelt linen using Threadgather Silk'N Colors. Besides cross stitch, there are some eyelets and satin stitches. Our instructions provide dimensions for stitching it on higher counts of fabric and we are working on a DMC conversion that will be published at our website. The model dimensions are 27-1/4" x 27". It's not a small piece!

Filled with many charming bird, insect, animal, tree and flower motifs, the verse is as follows:

All you my friends who now expect to see
A piece of work thus performed by me
Cast but a Smile on this my mean endeavor
I will strive to mend and be obedient ever
Sarah Rogers her work in the year of
Our lord 1803 in the 12th year of her age
Despair of nothing that you would attain
Unwearied diligence your point will gain.
We wish to mention two people whose contributions helped bring Sarah Rogers 1803 Sampler to life for us:
  • Lil for so beautifully stitching the model for us
We would also like to give a special thanks to Dawn at Needle's Work Antiques for enticing me into purchasing the original sampler in the first place!
Sarah Rogers 1803 Sampler is available from Norden Crafts and Hoffman Distributing.

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