Friday, February 23, 2007

Photo Hunters

I decided to play....




The word for this last week is "Antique":



Cross Stitch Sampler dated 1836 -- it's been in my family all these years!
(I was destined to be a stitcher!)

Edit: This was stitched by an ancestor, Suzy Miller, from Pittsburg, PA. The story that goes along with it, is that the hired girl had taken the sampler, and attempted to take out Suzy's name. She was going to replace it with her own name, and say that she had stitched it.

The over one stitching is incredible! The saying in the middle is as follows:

Fame like a shadow flies away
Titles and dignities decay
Nothing but friendship can display
Joys that are free from trouble.

On a sad note... it was deteriorating badly. I took it to the LNS, and had it reframed with acid free materials. The fibers are very fragile. The framer had told me it was glued to a piece of wood! Hopefully the new framing will keep it safe for a few more generations...

If I can do this... at least I will make a post once a week!

10 comments:

Cindy said...

Wow! How cool is that to have a treasure like that in the family for so many years :) Do you know anything about who stitched it? You're right...you were destined to be a stitcher!!

Marcia said...

It is great to have an heirloom like that.

Jessica Morris said...

neato!! that's really cool

quiltorstitch said...

What a neat heirloom to have in your family :D Thanks for sharing!

meeyauw said...

Oh I'm so jealous! I think because my family has nothing like this, I did several myself so that my own children would have one. This is a treasure.

Barbara H. said...

I missed this last week, but, my, what a treasure!!

~Kim~ said...

What a treasure! Hope you are able to save it.

~Kim~

Red said...

That Sampler is so awesome! Even better that it belongs to an ancestor.

Von said...

Oooo, thanks for sharing your heirloom sampler!

Jenna said...

That is amazing! What a wonderful heirloom for a stitcher. I love the story that goes with it, too. Cheeky girl that stole it... I'm glad that you had it re-framed so that it could be preserved as long as possible. It's funny how it feels like we're the only ones to have done over one and that it's something "new." Apparently, there's nothing new in stitching!