Origin and Date: Scottish
Linen count, finished size: 35 Count, 13-3/4″ x 17-1/2″
Stitches: Cross over one and two threads, double running, rice, and queen
The most outstanding feature of this sampler is its unusual and elaborate border of stylized lilies and daisies. The meticulously stitched stone house, with its peculiar dark figure on the front doorstep, is mysterious and intriguing. The bold, virtually unfaded color has been reproduced from the front of the original sampler. The verse, unfortunately stitched with black floss, has almost vanished, so we have pieced in another verse that fits the space perfectly, is appropriate to the period, and to the overall design.
embellish and improve your understanding
How truly blest are they who leasure find
To dress the little garden of the mind
That grateful tillage will reward our pains
Sweet is the Labor certain are the gains
The rising harvest never mocks our toil
We’re sure of fruit if we manure the soil.
The sampler bears many characteristics of Scottish samplers of this period, although we are not certain of its origin. Stitches used are cross over one and two threads, double running, rice, and queen. The original sampler now resides in a private collection.
The frame shown below was made by Hog River Frames.