August 23, 2011

Louisa's Roses

Louisa had an eye for roses.  As I am charting them I see she took a lot of care to provide shading to the petals with just three shades of the coral/pink silk.  Some of the roses appear  to be forming buds, others full buds and then of course the open rose.  The sampler was handed down through the family and was kept in a drawer which accounts for the condition it is in.

The fabric I am choosing is Vintage Buttercream from Lakeside Linens.  It is a perfect match to the sampler as I view it today.  If you are brave enough you might want to use a commercial product for adding instant age like "Distress It".  I like tea bags that are dampened and then "pounced" onto the fabric and thread.  There may be acids in one or both products which simply means it will break down thread and fabric over the next 100 years or so.

The sampler was probably made before 1850.  It is undated but I have Louisa's birth date and genealogy.  Here it is for those of you who are curious:

Louisa B. Snow, born 9 Aug 1841, Massachusetts
daughter of Elisha Snow (b. 1810) and Didama Kelley
granddaughter of Elisha Snow (b. 1776/78)
g-gd of Elisha Snow (b. 1745)
gg-gd of Elisha Snow (b. 1716)
ggg-gd of Ebenezer Snow (b. 1676)
gggg-gd of Stephen Snow
ggggg-gd of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins (Mayflower passenger)

I'll post more genealogy information down the road a bit.

Thank you for the blog posts and emails.  It helped me to make up my mind to reproduce it as you see it and provide a darker alternative to those who wish to stitch it differently.  I have a goal to get it out this fall or winter instead of waiting until 2012.  Let's hope!

Happy Stitching,


  1. Ebenezer Snow is a wonderful name!

  2. Diane, I am so happy you have decided to reproduce this sampler! We Snow/Hopkins descendants are very grateful.


  3. From what you have shown this sampler looks gorgeous. I just love the colors in it. :) And thank you so much for the genealogy of Louisa. :)

  4. Thanks for the information on Louisa. It makes it feel more realistic by knowing her lineage. Thank you for giving alternative colors for the design. Can't wait for it to be published.

  5. Anonymous7:19 PM

    I grew up in Cambridge MA and next to my school was a little candy store run by a dear old lady named Mrs. Snow. I wonder if she was a descendant.


  6. Great information Diane. Suggest you include it in your chart. That would be a great addition to anyone stitching it. :) Cathryn

  7. So far it looks beautiful and can't wait for it to be released. It will be on my list to get.

    Thanks so much

  8. Oh I do love those roses! The city I was born in was known as the Rose City and this design reminds me of my home.
    It's lovely that you also have Louisa's genealogy to go along with the sampler.

  9. Anonymous1:30 PM

    I'm so looking forward to buying the chart and getting started on this project for a gift. Thanks for all you're talent!!

  10. tijerasycuchara1:18 PM

    Tus trabajos tienen un encanto especial, te felicito por ellos

  11. I'm a descendant of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins also. I unpacked the pattern at the store I work part time for and was shocked to see family names. Now I have to figure out the relationship to Louisa. Thanks for doing this pattern (I'm also one of the family genealogists - one new thing to add to mom's side).

    1. Enjoy the pattern! It will mean so much to you given your family history. :)


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