This sweet English sampler is the first I’ve ever seen with a border made up of flying cherubs. It also features a “geode” (mosaic) parrot- a distinctively stylized bird that appears on other samplers made in England, New England, and the Netherlands throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The verse is:
All you my frends who now expect
To see a piece of work thus performed
By me cast but a smile on this my
Mean endeavour ill strive to mend and
Be obedient ever. Elizabeth Eyles aged
9 years march the 9 1799
Stitches used in the sampler are full cross, long arm cross and counted satin. On 35 count linen the finished reproduction will measure approximately 13″ x 15-1/2″, and is recommended for any skill level.