This is on my drawing board now, just unveiled. It's a Spanish sampler dated 1842. The first photo shows the front, the second shows the back which was laced, the third shows the back unlaced. Spanish 1842, her current name, isn't as spectacularly colored on the reverse as I had hoped. The fading is unfortunately pervasive. After undoing her laces I can see that she was framed (and glued at the edges) probably forty years after she was finished. Still, she is in remarkable condition and never one to be discouraged I have pretty much mastered the art of interpreting original color based upon visual fading and I'll be able to liven her up with closer examination. Vegetable dyed silks fade similarly, some more visible than others on the back side, and I've seen enough of them to be able to extrapolate what dyes were used, and what this might have looked like in 1842. Can anyone interpret the Spanish for me?