A Stitch in Time*

Saturday, March 19, 2011

An Old Sampler Found

Do you ever wonder what will happen to the needlework you stitch after you're gone, or after you no longer have a home in which to keep it? I've thought of this from time to time, and it used to sadden me to see pieces in thrift or antique stores. After some pondering, I switched my view and decided that the thrift store was a better location for an old piece than the local dump. If someone in the stitcher's group of family or friends isn't wanting the piece, at least a piece in a shop has the hope of being loved again.

Recently I came upon a sampler at an estate sale. The estate sale happened to be in a home that one of our family members was purchasing. The owner had stitched it in 1970, and the new purchaser of the home remembered it being displayed on the walls of the master bedroom.

The person who stitched the sampler is now blind, and is in her nineties. She lived in the house for over 30 years!  I love the piece's sentiment, and the warm colors.  I still don't know where I'll hang it, but for now it looks nice sitting on our piano.
Old Sampler- Purchased at an Estate Sale

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  • At March 19, 2011 at 4:27 AM , Blogger Siobhan said...

    It's so nice that the sampler has found a new home and somebody who appreciates the time & skill that went into stitching it. I tell my kids that I will haunt them if my needlework ends up in an estate or garage sale, or thrift store! Ack.

  • At March 19, 2011 at 5:38 AM , Blogger Nancy said...

    What a pretty vintage sampler you found! I'm always glad to rescue a stitched piece at a thrift shop, yard sale or estate sale. I have seen this design before, but with the gold threads it looks even prettier! Enjoy!

  • At March 19, 2011 at 5:42 AM , Blogger Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

    The owner would be so thrilled to know that you gave her sampler a new home. I hate to think where my stuff will end up.....

  • At March 20, 2011 at 3:26 AM , Blogger Giovanna said...

    What a great find! It's heartwarming that the sampler reached your safe hands.

  • At May 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Cross stitch said...

    lovely vintage sampler with great earth colours. I like rescuing finished designs as well when I find them in charity shop :-)


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