I am still hoping to have this downloadable booklet ready for you by the end of this week - in spite of having sliced an index finger while opening a tin of tomatoes which has slowed me down just a little. We are also doing a little more for you than just a chart - the medallions are so pretty and special that we have decided to set them up and complete them as separate charts for you to use on individual small projects. I am even more bowled over by this sampler that I was at the beginning. There is even one medallion with a house and another with a milch cow which is certainly a first as far as Quaker samplers go. The plethora of crowns and heraldic ornaments is astonishing and if these were stitched, like Ackworth motifs, as a knitting pattern for pin balls, then we have a wealth of Loyalist sentiment on this sampler. And that is not all.
Papers relating to a secret marriage entered into by King George III whose initials appear on this sampler were sealed in 1866 and hidden away. Why? In 1759 he married Hannah Lightfoot a beautiful Quakeress and with her he had three children: two boys and a girl - Mary was born in 1767 and died three years later; George 'Rex' their first born of whom little is known other than that he died in South Africa; and William born 1757 was assassinated in 1797 but who had children.
Janice Spencer of Traditional Stitches will be putting together some kits for the charts as soon as she has the final thread list from me. Just click here to contact her about ordering a kit.