Friday, 8 March 2013
My First Reproduction Sampler
I have always loved needlework and I used to embroidery pillow cases as a little girl. It seems that needlework has always been a part of me . It wasn't until 1981 that I went into a needlecraft store and a lady asked me if I had ever tried cross stitch. She had me stitch a small red heart on aida cloth and I was hooked. I now stitch on linen after getting my magnifying light.
I think about the young girls that stitched these beautiful samplers back in the 1700-1800's and even before that and I have a vision of a girl sitting on her front porch or near a flower garden and stitching a sampler. I wonder how they came up with the beautiful things we see on the antique samplers and what life must have been like back then. It is fascinating to think of the history surrounding reproduction samplers and I am just hooked on them now. I want to stitch more of them. I am so happy that these original samplers are being charted for all of us to stitch in today's fabrics and threads and allow all of us to put our own work into them to enjoy!!