Sunday, March 21, 2010

More MSI SAMPLERS/coverlets/early repros I stitched

I decided to look more on the internet to see what I could find about Caroline Blair Neely who gave
her sampler collection to the Museum.  There is a very interesting article from the Chicago Tribune
in 1908 about Carrie building houses. I have also included a link to her obituary in the New York
Times. She died at midnight on November 28, 1938.

If you hover your curser over these blue headlines, there should be a link to take you to the correct page
to read the articles.

Most Remarkable House In Chicago; 
Built By Two Feminine Hands; 
Miss Carrie Neely, Society Girl and Tennis Champion, 
Erects and Equips Houses As a Pastime. 
Skillful as a Master Carpenter Outfit of Tools Is Complete. 
Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1922). Chicago, Ill.: Sep 6, 1908. p. E2 (1 page)

Held Many Championships on Amateur Courts in Early 1900's 
Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file). Nov 30, 1938. p. 23 (1 page)

Carrie seems to have been a remarkable woman for her times. In addition to the doubles and mixed
doubles championships that she won in tennis, she also excelled at singles. She was a golfer and listed
in the Tribune at various golf events. She was a society woman and mentioned in the Chicago Tribune
at many society events—presiding at the tea table, etc. She also gave etchings to the University of Chicago.

Threads Through Time reproduced another of her samplers—the Sarah Coulthard 1849 Sampler.
There was a cotton tape sewed to the edges of the samplers through which the framer nailed the fabric
to the backing board. Again, we were not able to get to the back of this sampler to check its original
colors as there was tissue attached.

This is the reproduction sampler. Note the hemstitching outside the border.
This seems to be an English sampler as were many of Carrie's.
There were only two American samplers in her collection. 

I reproduced this sampler on 32 count linen. It is about 17" wide by 14" tall. It is mainly cross stitch with an eyelet stitch in the two pink stars above. 


Carrie also had a collection of wool coverlets that she gave to the Museum. I love coverlets too and have included photos of those that I have picked up at various midwest flea markets and one that I inherited from my Aunt Dot who was in the antiques business at one time. 

The one below is a summer/winter coverlet—reversible—mainly navy on one side and cream on the other. I received this one from Aunt Dot.

Miniature Coverlet Bookmark—bought at a flea market in Illinois

Below is a pin cushion and needle case given to me by my friend Marcia. It is a modern day interpretation of a coverlet style weave. 


The one on the left is Katie Bemis—maybe an Exemplary kit? I don't remember. Don't know about Marla Pray on the right. 

  This is a miniature sampler—my first over-one!

A friend, Judy, in Michigan charted this. As you see, at first there were not many "fancy" reproductions available. I was enamored with the alphabet in those early days. 

I took a class in Michigan from Eileen Bennet for this 1986 sampler—lots of different stitches.  

More Museum of Science & Industry samplers tomorrow. The snow is melting and spring really is coming to Chicago. --Nancy

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