I think that this is a stunning sampler and I am waiting for delivery of the chart. It has always reminded me of something and "BINGO" today I remembered.
My sister lives in a Tudor Manor that has many beautiful murals. I have slept in this bedroom and it has been a joy to lie in the bed studying the motifs on the walls.
An excerpt taken from the Scarlet Letter web site.
The "shameless mermaid" appears on Italian and French textiles made in the fifteenth century. She proclaims PAX E BONUM (Peace and Plenty), and the inspirational Italian slogan Coraggio meaning "be strong, be courageous."
Peace and Plenty is a fitting blessing for the house and the family. I wonder if the Tudor family engaged Italian artists to paint their murals.
There is so much more to samplers that just the stitching. The historical background information that Marsha includes with the charts is another reason why I enjoy Scarlet Letter charts.