Imagine me dancing a jig right here in the craft room!!! YIPPPPEEE~~
Elizabeth Emma Bice Wade Sampler is finished after a L-O-N-G stay in my to do basket!!
Poor thing was started back in 1992 ( I am embarassed to admit that!)
But, the good news is, that this sampler is my third "up for a challenge" finish in 2011..
A bit of history according to the current owner of the orginal sampler:
"Elizabeth Emma Bice Wade finished her sampler 3 days before Christmas in 1840...Which leads us to believe at age 9, she was so anxious to finish, she left off the last pair of leaves in the right hand corner.
Comprized mostly of cross stitches, she also incorporated the Algerian eye stitch and the 4 sided stitch. The original sampler was stitched on a fine linen of 55-60 thread count. This original sampler is now privately owned, however there was a certificate found tucked in the back of the frame from the Royal School of Needlework in South Kensington, England dated Dec 6, ,1916."
Elizabeth Emma Bice Wade Sampler
Threads of Gold
40 ct creme linen
Algerian Eye stitch
4 sided stitch
dainty floral band
outside border of flowers and vine
This has been a most wonderful stitch for me and has renewed my interest in samplers.....Maybe my next one will not take quite as long to finish!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!!!