One of the most unique Christmas presents I received this year was from my sister-in-law, Sarah Larson. The antique needlework sampler, pictured above, was made by Sarah's maternal grandmother, known to all her grandchildren as Grandma Hootie, about 100 years ago. Sarah's mother had kept it since Hootie's death several years ago, and after Sarah's mother died, it was passed on to Sarah.
The more I study this piece, the more intrigued I am. I am guessing Hootie was probably 8 or 9 years old (just learning cursive) at the time she made the sampler. I love the girlish printing and cursive mix, written in pencil, to identify each of the stitches she practiced. She had some difficulty spelling "feather." And Hootie clearly loved pink. Most of her practice rows and her monogram in the center of the piece are all worked in pink floss.
Who was Hootie's teacher, I wonder? Was it her mother or grandmother, or was she in a needlework class? There are "utility" stitches as well as embroidery stitches: a bound buttonhole, two types of hand-worked buttonholes, and three types of hemming stitches. But there are many embroidery stitches, and three sections with cutwork or open work designs. What a treasure!
What was your most unique or unexpected gift this holiday season?
LeAnn aka pasqueflower