For some reason I am always drawn to samplers with poems or verses on them. This new addition to my collection is an unfinished English sampler, undated but most certainly from the second half of the 1800’s - Since I recognize the font, and the alphabets are complete including the ‘J‘, which was often excluded from earlier samplers.
The sampler is very, very delicate, most probably stitched by an adult. It is in poor condition, with so many holes that some of the embroidery is just on the verge of being fully detached from the cloth.
Very fine weave, and some tiny, tiny cross stitches over one thread. This is a beautiful sampler with bold colors, something quite rare in old needlework. It is probably due to it having being left unfinished, so it’s safe to presume that it must have been stored away and never displayed- thus keeping the colors from fading.
Why was it left unfinished ? I can’t imagine the embroideress was displeased with her work, as it’s expertly and exquisitely stitched.
The sampler features a beautiful border, 3 alphabets, a verse from the 10 commandments and part of a hymn written by William Cowper (1731 –1800)
|Here my daughter is holding it up, you can see how fine and delicate the cloth is.|
Praise for the fountain opener
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s vein
And sinners plung’d beneath that flow
Lose all their guilty stains
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
The V th commandment
Honour thy father and thy mother that thy days may
be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
|Part # 3 of The Meadow CAL - Marigold squares|