This design was released at the Nashville Needlework Market in March 2017.
Nicola tells us: "Hands Across the Sea Samplers are pleased to present to you this charming and colourful sampler. With a young boy, dressed as a Cavalier and riding a rocking horse, it is a lovely heirloom sampler to stitch for a child.
Eliza was born on 18 May, 1807 in the village of Heslington close to the city of York in Northern England. She was christened the next day. Her Father was the village School Master and the Parish clerk. At the age of 12 Eliza recorded that her sampler was “wrought with the help of her mother at Heslington School” so we can presume that her mother taught the young girls needlework.
The verse that Eliza chose for her sampler was taken from “Eve’s Hymn” from a long lost Oratorio called “The Death of Abel” written in 1755 by Thomas Augustine Arne, an English Composer who is better known as the composer of “Rule Britannia” and “God Save the Queen”.
The verse reads as follows: " Life’s road let me cautiously view, And longer disdain to be wise, Forebearing such Paths to Pursue, As my reason should hate or despise, To crown both my age and my youth, Let me mark where religion has trod, Since nothing but virtue and truth, Can reach to the throne of my God."
The stitch count is 281w x 281h.
The model was stitched on 40 count Autumn Gold Double Dyed hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linens using Soie d’Alger silk floss. A DMC conversion is included.
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