Not long ago, Kara and I (Teri) strolled the afternoon through an antique mall while visiting with my parents in Hershey, PA. We were excited to see the booth where I bought my sampler a couple of years ago (click here.) There were several to see, but one in particular quickly became our favorite. Can you guess why?
|Sampler made by Ann Maffin|
|Detail: such tiny cross stitches!|
|Details from the bottom of the sampler: bird, flower, basket, boat—exquisite stitching indeed!|
|With stitches so fine, it resembled punch needle, but we ascertained that they were actually tiny cross stitches.|
We have no clue how old Ann was when she stitched this sampler. Clearly, spatial awareness and planning were not her forte. My guess is that she stitched the border before the letters, so she had to fit that verse in the space remaining. Then when she got to the end of a line and still had letters or words to stitch, she just squeezed them in how ever she could fit them. How charming is this? (I wonder if her mother thought so at the time.)
I'm reminded of all those fourth- and fifth-grade papers I graded back in the day, with words bending down the side of the page. Some things never change!