Finished #7 of the Old World Santa's and hope to finish #8 the last one tonight. Looked on line to see if there was an Old World Santa's I from Prairie Schooler designs but couldn't find one. Am ready to think about my next project. I have all the charts for the Prairie Schooler ABC's and think I'll start it next. I love the rich colors. Have to go upstairs and pull some linen. Will stitch it over 1 thread with continental and basket weave stitches.
Below are two designs from Carriage House that I stitched on needlepoint canvas several years ago. They are actually the same size as I made them to fit into two hand grain-painted frames that I received from Ted Kriebel a million years ago. I lengthened the designs and stitched them with probably 4 strands of floss. Have them on a shelf in my kitchen. Love them.
RACHEL HYDE SAMPLER
This is one of my favorite samplers of the ones I reproduced. The blue flowers and the grapes are unusual. The large center flower was stitched in rice stitch as I recall. I didn't stitch this model. It was stitched on 36 count linen by Marge Gaebel of Alexandria, Virginia, who stitched several other samplers for me. This is the reproduction.
I call the brown blob at the right of the house "the beast."
This is the antique sampler. It resides at the Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, historical society. A friend of mine who had been on a motorcycle tour of the Lincoln Highway with her husband spotted it at the museum and notified me. I called the historical society right away and spent probably 4 days there graphing it. I brought my lap top computer and my boxes of floss and set off to Sterling. This was on my old old laptop computer. It was when I had to decide whether or not to get a black and white one or spend the extra bucks on color! I got the color one.
Rachel Hyde is one of a school of samplers from Norwich, Connecticut. One of her relations stitched a wonderful sampler that is in Betty Ring's 2 volume book of samplers. In earlier samplers from this school, the motto was God Save the King, not God Save America!
This is a cute sampler that was in one of my magazines. I loved stitching it. Can't remember the name of the designer though I can picture her face. She has taught at many EGA conventions and has many sampler designs on the market with many different kind of stitches. My mind is going...
I own this sampler stitched by 7-year-old Anne Gill in Strabane, Northern Ireland. The stitches are so tiny that you would be amazed and the numbers are over 1 thread. She stitched the 23rd Psalm and the Lord's Prayer. I bought this sampler at a local auction years ago.
At the bottom it reads, "Anne Gill Strabane April 17 aged 7 years." Unfortunately, no date. It is probably from the 1820's or 1830's so it will be 180 or 190 years this week!
Time to go for my afternoon walk with my husband. It is a glorious day outside and I love seeing all the magnolias, azaleas, shadblow and forsythia. They are all blooming at once. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood... Bye for now. --Nancy