Nicola tells us "There are times when I look at a sampler and my heart will skip a beat; this sampler caused my heart to skip several. There is so much going on in the sampler that my eyes ping ponged back and forth trying to absorb all that a child crammed into a piece of linen measuring 16 by 17 inches. The maker certainly had an eye for detail, and there are many extra touches worked into the sampler awaiting discovery. At first, I thought that there was no name contained within the sampler, but a closer examination revealed, in the right-hand border, the names of John Alexander and Helen Spaden. The left-hand border revealed the initials: MA, MA, JA, JA, MA, HA, and JA. They are the children of John Alexander and Helen Spaden (Splading), who married on December 23, 1797. The Alexander children were baptised in the church at Bridgend of Lintrathen. We know of one other sampler that was stitched in Lintrathen. That sampler is in the Leslie B. Durst Collection. It does not bear the maker’s name but was probably stitched either by Betty or Jannet Fenton in 1825. The two samplers have much in common, and we believe that they were taught either in the same school or by the same needlework teacher..
Stitch count is 215 W x 203 H.
Model was stitched on 46 count Cocoa hand dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with silk threads from Soie d'Alger.
We have also listed 32 and 36 count linens as well as 100/3 silk thread and DMC options for stitching with.
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Alexanders of Lintrathen 1829 from Hands Across The Sea Samplers