The Four Seasons
Linen count/finished size: 25 count, 23″x14″
Stitches: Cross, Gobelin, back, queen, stem
Another one of our original sampler designs takes its inspiration from such diverse sources as a Middle English poem, and early 19th century English and American pictorial samplers and naive paintings of livestock. The design begins in autumn, and proceeds along a path signposted with the four lines of a cryptic early English poem, translated here:
FLEE FROM VII (the 7 deadly sins)
RULE WELL V (your 5 senses)
AND COME TO HEAVEN
We pass through winter, into spring and summer, and end with the symbolic river of life flowing across the bottom.