I found a conservation framer! Spoke with a local framer yesterday and will be going to his shop today.
Thank you to all who shared their thoughts with me yesterday...I so appreciate your input. I think I scared some of you when I mentioned Michaels. I never would have taken this precious piece there...I don't even take my own work to them!
I keep discovering little treasures on this old piece and have taken many pics to try and capture them all before it is behind glass.
This sampler was completed by Elizabeth White in 1810...she was eleven years old. She lived in Bilsdon Cross, England. The small buildings are dovecotes, and I assume the house is her home. The birds...my favorite thing and the reason I bought this particular sampler...are wonderful. I count a total of twenty one, some in pairs, but many different individual birds as well.
I look at this sampler and am totally amazed that an eleven years old created this treasure...thank you, Elizabeth White.
Thank you again for your help!
Enjoy the day,