Monday, September 23, 2013

...simple threads

This little gem of a sampler recently came to live at my house. It is stitched in wool on linen. It is signed by Jean Barr and dated 1803. 

The initials of Jean's family are stitched across the bottom, including the WB in black, signifying a deceased member.

The colors are my and a khaki brown/green. 

There is the thread loss that you would expect on a piece this age...but intact, is the sweetest heart in a sort of checkerboard pattern.

It is this simple motif that drew me to this old linen ...and it's simple threads.


Every year, in the Fall, we put pumpkins outside on our windowsills. Yesterday, this cheeky fellow was peeking through our window. He stayed atop this pumpkin, and basked in the warm morning sun, for quite a while.

Have a wonderful first full week of glorious Autumn!

Enjoy the day,


  1. Such a lovely acquisition! I love that checkerboard heart as well. And the initials in black. So profound and subtle. lol -- looks like the little guy is pretty happy on the pumpkin!

  2. What a nice little gem to display. Wow 210 years old and in such great condition. That little gecko must be feeling pretty special to have such a nice place to rest.

    Have a nice day,


  3. Robyn,
    What a sweet sampler! I love that heart too!! The cheeky fellow looks cute upon the pumpkin. Have a wonderful day. hugs, Lori

  4. Hi Robyn,
    I have never seen a stitchery done on wool - it's just beautiful. I love the texture, such depth.
    Oh what a sweet little critter.

  5. So glad this lovely sampler has found a wonderful new home. So many of the wool samplers have thread loss but this one looks amazing.

  6. Robyn, Love your blog-and the "new" sampler is beautiful. I do have a question for you. I have loved seeing all your Schooner redware. I have been colecting it for years and worked at a wonderful quality Folk Art shop that would host shows with Greg and Mary. My question is where did you find all your redware living in Florida? P.S. one of my favorite parts of your blog is your monthy window update. Always fun to see. Thanks for all the beautiful eye candy. Jo Ann

  7. Thanks for visiting, Jo Ann...and your kind words. You are right, Shooner Redware is not abundant in Florida. I find mine on Ebay and a few favorite on line shops.
    So happy you stopped by...Robyn