Origin and date: England (Ackworth School), 1800
Linen count and finished size: 35 or 40 count,
19″x21″ or 17″x18-1/2″ (please specify!)
Stitches: Cross stitch
Source: Private collection
“Dear Scarlet Letter,
I am proud to announce that my sampler “Sara Tatum”, from 1800, a Quaker piece recently won every prize possible in our Weld County Fair. Weld County is the largest County in Colorado. I entered the sampler on a whim, at the last minute. It won a blue ribbon for the sampler category, champion over all stitchery, grand champion over the open class division, (cakes, flowers, photography, leather work, afghans, quilts, paintings etc. etc. ) and “Champion of Champions” over all fair entries. Was I ever surprised and thrilled. I am still grinning. The judge said the work was “absolutely exquisite”. Just thought you would want to know!
REBECCA BIZZELL, RN”