Saturday, September 6, 2008

Embroidered samplers

I have collected embroidered samplers for many years, and have made a few myself. To be honest about it, I have too many. Some, in fact, still await framing. I have begun sorting and donating things I've collected over the years, but there are some I treasure too much to part with.

Here are a few of my most treasured:

The first is a sampler made by my paternal grandmother, Ida, who died two months before I was born. My parents passed it on to me. My father made the walnut frame. It is one of the most frequently encountered phrases used on samplers of that era.

This sweet little sampler was a gift from my sister in 1980. I love it. The linen looks stained in this photo, but it isn't.

I love this embroidery of the prayer of St Francis. It hangs in our music room.

This is my goal, to "grow lovely" as I grow old.

This one, another gift from my sister, also hangs in the music room.

I made this from a counted cross-stitch kit, but adapted it in honor of my maternal grandmother who always said that I sewed "with a red-hot needle and a burning thread." Notice the name on the sewing machine stand is "White," which was her maiden name as well as a sewing machine brand.

This was a lucky find. I've never seen another like it.

I love white-on-white samplers. This one is in the dining room.

I made this probably 30 or more years ago from a Better Homes and Gardens kit. It pairs various herbs with the types of meats they enhance. Wish I'd had the forethought to date it.

I love this sweet sampler. What is more precious than "home" and all it encompasses.

May God bless all of our homes.



Rhondi said...

Hi Joanie
I am glad to meet you and want to thank you for leaving a sweet comment. Your samplers are beautiful and you have quite a fine collection of them. Hope you'll visit again.
Hugs, Rhondi


Hi Joanie,
Even if we all have different decorating styles, I consider anyone a friend who takes the time to stop and leave me a comment, thanks so much for visiting me!
P.S. I love all the samplers especially the one with the cottage on it, I have some of these to.

RetiredAtLast said...

You have a wonderful collection of beautiful pieces. I use to do counted cross stitch until my eyes no longer allowed.
Like you, I've been trying to find new homes for many of my treasures. Would hate to think they might be sold at an estate sale to someone that wouldn't know their history.