Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ruth Emma Luce Sampler
This is the sampler I made for the Blackbird Design contest. My Gramma Ruth was born in 1898 in Ripley, New York. She and Grandpa Jesse raised 10 children on their farm. I don't remember ever seeing her with a needle in her hand, but I know she sewed as she taught her daughters to make their clothes. And Gramma probably had piles of mending and alterations to do as clothes were passed from one child to the next. My mom used to tell me Gramma always said "waste not - want not." Audrey and I have both have stitched samplers with that phrase.
The Blackbird chart had stitching errors to it as if a child had stitched the sampler. Good thing; that made it easier to put in Gramma's information without having to make sure everything was centered. This is one piece I would like to have framed.