First off, I thought I would share some progress on my next release, Sarah Ann Marven. Sarah is a large sampler, and I am currently at a standstill needing to get some more threads. Sarah's verse is a tribute to her dead mother. I did not think that I could bare to stitch it so soon after my Mother's passing, but oddly enough it is rather comforting.
While waiting, I have accomplished a few small finishes. First is a hornbook design. A fun, easy stitch. The chart was purchased from Etsy. Will be mounted on a breadboard.
Next, a cute Christmas design by Lori Rippey.
A pretty design by Pineberry Lane, Elizabeth Pickford, with a few changes, mostly to use threads that I had. Elizabeth may become a stitching bag.
Here is the a beautiful Virginia sampler currently being charted. She is Elizabeth Tompkins, and I am honored to have been asked by a descendant of Lizzie's to chart her. There is an enormous amount of history available on Elizabeth, but unfortunately I have yet to identify the manor house, or find another sampler with this beautiful border. I believe Lizzie to have been taught by an aunt rather than in a school. However, another aunt was a teacher at a girls' academy, and is mentioned in Kim Ivey's book, In The Neatest Manner.
Finally, a few photos of a new acquisition, Ellen Spedding 1832. She features lots of red, a pair of really cool deer, and Adam and Eve. I love that she wrote "In Adam's Fall, We Sinned All" Finally, a girl who blamed Adam! Should be fun to reproduce.
Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!