Quaker 1799 (Ackworth School)
#103 India ink Gloriana silk floss
Stash Mystery Linen
Yes, I'm still stitching. There have been many distractions: the heat, weeding, grass cutting, canning tomato juice, corn for the freezer, classes (basket and rug hooking) and the regular stuff aka life.
M Quertier's height is determined she is 11 1/8 inches in height. I finally have the top most medallion and the bottom most medallion stitched. I estimate four more medallions and I will be at the half way mark. Whoo Hoo!
While I have been stitching M, I dug through my needlework books and found Jacqueline Holdsworth's book Ackworth School Sampler Motifs. Jacqueline writes in the book: It is typical of Quaker medallions to be stitched as halves or quarters. M has eight full motifs and seventeen half medallions. Our M was an ambitious stitcher, had a long school year or did she have a strict teacher at Ackworth?
Passionflower Motif--it is big and beautiful and one of my favorites which is surprising because I did almost as much reverse stitching on this motif as I did forward stitching. This motif is also on the Beatrix Potter sampler and the Beatrix Potter companion sampler.
This is an undated sampler once owned by Beatrix Potter--the passionflower motif has been stitched into the sampler.
Jacqueline calls this motif the Crown Motif (I think it looks more like a poinsettia)
While I have been stitching M, I have been re reading Carol Humphrey's book. Am glad I purchased this book several years when I checked on Amazon it is right pricey. Thankfully, Carol writes about M in the book: It was also noted that the Quertiers were a Channel Island family, and in the extracts from the Minutes of Ackworth for 1800 is found this entry: "Children from Guernsey admitted, one eight year old as a special case." When I first read this, it made me a little sad. Someone saw value in M and she is now a part of the Fitzwilliam collection of samplers--our M was indeed special.
The next motifs I will be stitching is a bird, garland and swan. Am looking forward to stitching M's cartouche with her initials and date. We are having a summer shower. Ugh, I think I hear the weeds and grass growing but while the rains nourishes the flowers, I will continue stitching on M.