In 1826 Margaret Randolph, who was then 7 years old, finished her sampler. Now 188 years later I have finished mine, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I love her! I really think Margaret must have loved the outdoors because her sampler incorporated so many lovely things like birds and butterflies and roses.....all the things that I love, especially during the Spring and Summer months here in California. Even though I hadn't intended for her to become my summer stitch, that was what she was and it couldn't have been a more perfect sampler to work on while I have been enjoying my own garden.
Margaret was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819. She died in 1888. That means she lived during the Civil War.....I found myself wondering about her and her family....did they oppose slavery and maybe even help runaways in what was called the Underground Railroad, or maybe they felt ties with the Southern States. Did she lose a brother or son or other loved ones during this war?
I came across this poem last year and thought it fit really well with Margaret. I hope you enjoy it.
A Sampler Speaks
I am a small square of linen and some
Long years ago, when America was young,
I lay across the lap of a little girl
whose hand patiently patterned me.
Seated on a stool, she faced a table
whereon a candle flickered,
and shadows chased her busy fingers.
formed a verse and learned devotion...
Through me, in part she learned to be
a woman and a wife.
I was her hope and her despair,
her pride and her love.
She is gone now,and gone are her times
and her ways
But in me, her sampler, and through her needle,
something of her and her day lives on
as surely as the painter
lives through his brush, the writer through his pen.
Margaret Randolph 1826
Cashel Linen - 28 Count
Antique White - DMC Threads
The time has come to pick a new sampler to work on.....I wonder which one that will be?
Happy Stitching everyone....all of your work is just beautiful!