35 count Dove linen by Weeks Dye Works
With every needlework market there is always that one piece which catches my eye. Regardless of what I am stitching at the time, I want to start that piece. This year it is Stacy Nash's Whaling Ship. I love the ship and the whale and the color of the linen and the sweet simple border. This piece also gives me an opportunity to stitch another element of my family history. Pennsylvania Merchant is the name of the ship which brought Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather Valentine Shultz from the old country (Germany) to the new country (America).
Valentine and Elizabeth, his wife arrived in Philadelphia on September 10, 1731. Once off the ship, they took the oath of allegiance to the province of Pennsylvania and became naturalized citizens. Shortly after their arrival, Valentine and Elizabeth traveled to the "frontier" and made their home on the west bank of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. Sadly, Elizabeth died and Valentine remarried Maria Eva Stocker. Valentine and Maria were members of Christ Lutheran Church in York County.