Scarlet Letter--Emma Lerch 1843
Mystery Stash Linen--overdyed with walnut crystals
AVAS silk fibers
Apologies for the wrinkles--Emma looks like she has been living a rough life. One of my 2018 goals is to complete Emma Lerch. As I look at her, I am close. One of my observations about stitchers is there are sampler lovers and those who do not love samplers so much. For those who love samplers, and I consider myself one of those people, we can't get enough. We are always looking for the next sampler either an original or reproduction.
What is it about samplers? the border? alphabet? verse? motifs? house? medallions? It is all of these things and throw in colors and scale and proportion. Yes, I love a sampler with a flower growing out of a pot taller than the house.
I was drawn to Emma's border--it is big and bold
While Emma's border looks balanced and symmetrical--it is not.
Sweet Emma and I suffer from the same stitching affliction: borders. We both struggle with meeting borders. Emma made it work, she added a stitch here and there, she dropped stitches. There are three different colors of leaves. Did she run out of one color or she started stitching with the incorrect color and like me was to lazy to rip out and stitch with the correct color.