I'll bet you thought (or wished) I was talking about snow flakes! It's so hot and humid this summer, I know. But the SNOW I was referring to was the sampler by a young girl named Louisa B. Snow, a direct descendant of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins. Everything about the sampler is a bit unusual. To start with it wasn't stitched on the customary American linen we are used to seeing. It was stitched on a fabric called Penelope linen that was first made in Germany and then here in the states.
The next striking element of the design are these large and simply gorgeous cabbage styled roses. I looked through all of my books on antique samplers and didn't find anything like this. They run in a trail across the bottom of the sampler.
Another aspect of the sampler that I fell in love with is all of the stitched virtues that Louisa included. . . . Friendship, Hope, Charity, Love and Cherish Truth. The verse itself reads:
Count that day lost whose low descending sun,
Derives from my hand no worthy action done.
After hinting that I had a Mayflower descendant sampler a while back I received quite a few emails. It took me a while to figure out the genealogy but with some help from the family who sold it to me I was able to connect the dots. Louisa was also a descendant of William Brewster. Another sweet bonus. I would like to hear from you here on this blog or in personal emails regarding the idea of stitching such an unusual sampler. It will be no easy task to chart the roses but I'm excited to do it. I will chart it for 28 count linen (exactly like Louisa's) but how do you feel about the pink roses? Keep them or go for a more antique look? Darker?? Help me decide! I will faithfully reproduce the stitches in the design but the color is up in the air. I could always stitch it in deeper colors but also provide the original colors for those wishing to stitch it exactly as Louisa did. Let me hear your thoughts on the sampler, colors, or your Mayflower connection!