Margaret Randolph

Margaret Randolph
Margaret Randolph stitched by Jenny

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Inquiring minds want to know...

How should a reproduction stitcher pay tribute to the original stitcher??? Do I stitch the name and date as it appears on the chart and than hid my initials somewhere...do I leave my name off the finished piece entirely...do I stitch my name in the margins to be covered by the frame (as suggested by my framer)? Am I the only one who hasn't a clue?

9 comments:

Nikki said...

I am not sure either, but I think if it were a sampler you were stitching for a special occasion, like Nicola is doing for a wedding, I would put my name, or my family member name in it, and pertinent dates. However, if I were stitching it for myself to hang on my walls, I would stitch it "as is", as a true reproduction and put my initials or name and date stitched somewhere near the bottom very small.

Nikki

Lanie said...

I always thought it was a matter of personal preference. I prefer to stitch both names on my reproduction samplers. Sometimes I alter the design slightly so that I can do so.
Ideally I like to incorporate both names as such:
"Originally wrought by .... in the year ... "
"Respectfully reproduced by .... in the year ... "

Tommye said...

When I'm stitching a true reproduction, I stitch it just like the original (as it's charted). Then I stitch my name (not just my initials) and the year out in the margin where it won't be seen unless someone unframes it later on.

Dawn said...

I have chosen to write on the back of the finished framed piece. I also tape a copy of the SL sampler info to the back. It helps me remember and hopefully will stay in place should the pieces survive long after me.
This is a great topic and I look forward to seeing what others say.

PoundingSand said...

For me, I think it will depend on the sampler. On a lot of them the original name is a prominent part of the design and I would keep it.

The only one I've finished only had initials, and I substituted mine. I think I will go back and 'tuck in' the present date (maybe in a corner, over one, in a color close to the linen). I like my own work, but I don't want somebody, someday, trying to pass it off as an original antique.

Also like the idea of signing the back.

Kate

Kevin said...

Great question! I never thought about this, but I'm stitching my first reproduction so never had this problem. I've seen these little paper tags which have blanks for the Stitcher's information and are supposed to be applied to the back of the framed piece. But I really like the idea of stitching my initials and date off in the margin where it would be covered by the framing. I think I'll use that technique with mine, but I'd love to hear more on this topic from some teachers or experts on researching antique samplers to see what they advise.

Nicola said...

I decided a little while ago that I would change a sampler's verse to suit and I often change a motif too. I want them to mean something to me and my family and I very much hope that in a 100 years my ancestors will still have my work and see my name on it.

JoAnn said...

I started many years ago having my framer place a pocket on the back of my frame for any information I want to place there regarding the sampler, the sampler's original information and also information regarding what linen, floss, etc. that I used to stitch it. She told me recently that many of my stitching buddies have requested she do the same for their samplers.
I also stitch my name and date over one so that others will know it is a copy of the original.

silkstitcher926 said...

I like the idea of the pouch on the back. That way I can put all the pertinent information about the original sampler maker. I can also add my name and date that I stitched the sampler, along with the linen and threads used. Kay Lynn