Nicola tells us: "Although this is a very large sampler, it has been rated as suitable for an enthusiastic beginner. There are some 71,788 cross stitches.
No trace of Ann Forfitt can be found in official records and all we have to remember her by is from the efforts of her own needle. Ann stitched, with great care, her large and charming sampler using silks and very fine linen. We know from the information Ann recorded with her needle that she completed her sampler during the reign of George III on March 21 1812 whilst living in Lyndhurst in the county of Hampshire, England.
The verse Ann chose for her sampler is from a hymn written in the 1700’s that was sung on Good Fridays.
The verse reads as follows:
No songs of Triumph now be sung
Cease all your sprightly Airs
Let sorrow silence every Tongue
And Joy dissolve to Tears
If at this Sight we don’t repent
What other Sight can move
Ingrateful shall we not relent.
And pay him love with love.
The stitch count is 519w x 570h.
The model was stitched on 40 count hand dyed Vintage Buttercream linen from Lakeside Linens using Needlepoint Inc. Silk silk floss. A DMC conversion is included.
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