This beautiful sampler, belonging to the private collection of Giulia Manfredini, was originally stitched by Sarah Elizabeth Miiller in 1868 at the age of 11. Giulia purchased this sampler in England many years ago. From its back it was possible to see the beautiful unfaded and vibrant colors of the original silk threads!
Sarah Elizabeth Miiller stitched her original 1868 sampler with vibrant silk threads and she depicted a myriad of motifs scattered throughout the sampler including flowers, vases with fruits or flower arrangements, and alphabets.
The upper rows, composed of two floral borders, are followed by “Sarah Elizabeth Miiller Aged 11 Years 1868”. In the following section Elizabeth stitched floral plants and large vases with flowers and fruits.
In the center of the sampler Sarah Elizabeth Miiller stitched four stanzas of a gospel written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): “Hide me, O my Savior hide, Till the storm of life is past, Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.” The lower part of the sampler is full of tall plants and vases, birds and crowns stitched in bright colorful colors. A simple floral border provides a gentle frame for the sampler.
Fabric: 36 ct 22.125 x 23.125 in (56.3x59.3 cm) Putty Hand Dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works
Hand dyed six stranded silk threads 74 Red Dust, 93 Pacific Ocean, 114 Red Centre, 162 Pindi, 163 Blue Groper, 174 Persian Jade, 181 Antique Mauve, 201 Matilda, 213 Kuranda, 238 Distant Thunder, 258 Cranberry Cocktail, 263 Irish Meadows, 269 Toffee, and two skeins of 61 Pearl, by Dinky Dyes
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