SOME MORE OF MY ANTIQUE SAMPLERS—
Looks like I need to straighten some of these. We did have that small earthquake nearby several months ago! Most of these I had reframed or at least I put acid-free foam core board as a backing.
MARIE BAKER, LANSING, TOMKINS COUNTY, NY 1823—
This sampler is very faded as you can see. I bought it at an auction and loved the heart border. It is American. When I bought it, it was fitted into a tray.
This is the reverse but the colors are still quite pale with the exception of the green border on the hearts.
This is the back of the tray with green felt glued on.
After I ripped off the felt, I saw the corrugated cardboard backing. It is now nicely framed.
This is a very large piece—probably 6 feet long—that I received from my Aunt Dot. I believe it is a chimney piece meant to hang over a chimney. It looks Pennsylvania to me but that is only a hunch. It is stitched on a burlap-like fabric and, unfortunately, is glued to masonite! It is as heavy as can be. There is a rainbow over the barn. Love the American flag. No name and no date.
Notice that the chickens are as large as the horse. Look at the wonderful details on the barn.
There are window shades in the downstairs of the house. Most of the threads are wool.
CATHARINE BALDWIN 1836—
I also bought this sampler at auction. I think it had been cut off to fit in the frame in which I bought it. I had it reframed. I assume it is American but have no basis for that fact. The border is honeysuckle.
Started this one by the Examplarary (sp?) and finished it in 2004. It is Joanne Harvey's own design.
Sorry for the blurry photo taken before I framed it. This is another Carriage House Samplings piece that I stitched on 28 count linen over one thread with half cross/continental/basket weave stitch. I filled in the background with probably 3 strands of the black DMC to cover. As I recall, I lengthened the bottom to add my name and town. Think it is a really cute piece and it is pretty small done over one thread.
In probably 1989 and 1990 my Sampler Group stitched a friendship sampler. It was very loosely organized with no rules. Some sent their thread preferences along with the fabric. We had a few problems with people not stitching their part in a timely manner but most were completed and they are all very different. We stitched what we wanted on each piece so we weren't bored.
Better go and get those baby quilts finished today. It's raining and very muddy in the garden so I can't finish planting those perennials I bought yesterday. Bummer! What I'd like to do is take a nap on this gloomy day as I spent some time on the couch last night starting at 3 a.m. during the thunderstorms . My big baby of a Golden Retriever doesn't like thunder and he can't climb the stairs any more so I had to sleep downstairs with him! Not fun to sleep on the couch. Be back soon. --Nancy