Mary Wigham: Part 7


I have been imagining how Mary would have stitched her sampler. Jacqueline of Needleprint has already indicated that these samplers were stitched during off-time for the school girls.


So, I was wondering if Mary liked stitching right at daybreak, or by perhaps candlelight at night. Did she stitch her sampler in her bed, or did she relax on a chair while stitching? Did she stitch along with her friends on their individual samplers, or chatting and catching on the latest news around Ackworth?


Did she plan out her colors on the sampler, or she just used whatever floss was available? I want to think she got to choose the colors she wanted for her sampler, and that she is a rather sweet-natured girl for picking this subtle shade of pink:


But what I really want to know for now is whether Mary had any trouble stitching this motif! I was almost 3/4 done, and realized that I made a calculation booboo. I had to undo many stitches and started all over again. The motif is a beauty, but another doozie for me to stitch:


Jacqueline has posted a fascinating story on Mary. Please click here to read Mary’s story. I hope you would enjoy Mary’s story as much as I have!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have another lovely day!

Mary Wigham: Part 2


I am not making as much of a progress compared to some in the Stitch-Along — go on to the USA group to see some amazing progress and pictures. Not everyone is using the suggested color schemes. So, you will see some neat interpretations of the sampler. This is what I have so far:



I have had the most enjoyable time filling in each and every stitch:


A little tidbit from The Scarlet Letter on the Quaker Samplers to help you appreciate these historical samplers — Quaker samplers are unique in that the motifs and designs used on them are entirely of the Friends’ own making. The style spread from Europe to America, and remained distinctive even in this widely separated environments. The Quaker designs are reflective of the Quaker theology, extolling the virtues of plainness, of standing apart from the sphere of influence of the outside world, and of peace and serenity (as symbolized by the popular sampler motifs of floating swans, wreaths, floral sprigs, and paired doves).


Thanks for stopping by and be a part of my Mary Wigham journey.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Mary Wigham: Part 1

I am chomping at the bit to start on Mary, no longer!  My linen came in yesterday!!


I am stitching Mary one over one on Permin’s Lambswool 32-count linen with DMC threads.  I am following the suggested colors so as to reproduce the original sampler as close as possible:


So far, my Mary is looking quite sparse.   I have never done one over one before, and was very surprised to see how small the motifs are emerging.  The effect is fine.  You can see the comparison to the size of a quarter:


I would love to hear from you if you are a Mary stitcher.  Please leave me a comment so that I can visit you back.

Have a marvelous weekend, everyone!  I will catch up with you next week.

Chomping at the bit

You know I am crazy about history, especially history related to millinery. I am chomping at the bit to start on the Mary Wigham Stitch Along by Needleprint. The Mary Wigham sampler was wrought in 1790 by Mary Wingham of Ackworth School:


This Stitch Along project has generated much much much interest around the world. I have the chart. I have the floss. Now, I am just waiting for the linen to come in the mail! I will have pictures for you later. But for now, I need to work on my quilt so that I can get it out later this week — that way, I will have some play (stitching) time!

I will catch up with you later.