On a recent trip to the library I found this wonderful book. It gives the history of many samplers along with detailed descriptions of motifs and verse. The back of the book has common verse used in samplers and explains some of the reasons why they were used. In further research, I found that some girls went to school to learn stitching techniques. I had no idea. That is completely fascinating as I thought most samplers were created by young girls practicing their sewing skills. But I suppose there were some mothers who didn't stitch but wanted their children to learn the skills. As I was thumbing through the pictures and reading details I came across this picture. It immediately resounded with me and I said " I have seen this one recently!" Does it ring a bell with anyone else?? You can click on the picture to make it larger but I found it fascinatitng that so many of us as stitchers still crave the motifs and symbols used from so many years ago. If you recognize it, leave a comment and I will put you in a drawing for a little treat.
On the kitten front, I wanted to let all of you know that DeeDee has found her forever home. I snapped this photo before she left and love it. She is a special kitty and I know she will make her new family quite happy.
Well, that is it for now. I must get back to my retreat duties. I will post pics and updates when I can. As always, Happy Stitching everyone.