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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Your Opinion


I am already thinking about changing the dedication and verse to personalize Jane Atkinson.


I feel guilty over making changes but I am stitching her for me and as an heirloom for my family. In a hundred(s) years my descendants will say who is Jane but they will know who their (great) grandmother was.


What do you think about making changes to reproduction samplers. Will it detract from their value or enhance it both in monetary terms and importance to your family history.

23 comments:

Carmen Sutton said...

I think you should make it your own, I always wondered what they will think in 100 years when they see hundereds of exactly the same sampler. Think of it as the school of Jane and like all the old samplers from a school they have a similar look yet they are each different, I think you should go for it.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

You should always do what makes you happy.

The gentleman that is sometimes my model stitcher will work my QSD model as charted. Then he will work it again for himself and make changes to please himself.

They both always look stunning.

Krista said...

I like the idea of making it my own. While I keep to the main design I usually add some sort of personalization that has a special meaning to me or my family. In regards to value, I think that stays with the original sampler alone.

Margaret said...

I agree -- personalize it. I'm not sure why I always just follow what is charted. Probably no imagination. lol! I did personalize Lois Minshall to have my mother's name and dates instead of Lois'. But that's the only one I changed. I do think it will mean more to your family and will make it an heirloom.

Laurie in Iowa said...

My vote goes with personalizing the sampler to make it more meaningful to you and your family.
I don't believe in 'rules' for our stitching. There are enough rules we have to follow in life... let our stitching be rule - less and bring joy into our lives.

HollyXSing said...

While I generally stitch according to the chart as it was originally intended....I see no reason not to personalize your own; particularly for it to mean more to your family! I would record the change on the back of the framed piece.

Go for it!

-Holly in VA

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I would definitely personalise it, you can always put a note on the back of the frame saying "adapted from Jane Atkinson".

Donna said...

I agree with all of you to personalise it to fit your family. I thought of that too in 100 years when someone sees many Jane Rees or Jane Atkinson they will be wondering why so many..

Vera said...

Yes, I agree with everyone. Personalize it to make it more meaningful to you and your family. I also like the idea of a note on the back indicating adapted from...

Elizabeth said...

I have wondered about this too Nicola as I am so very new to this. I have come to the conclusion that we can never faithfully exactly reproduce a sampler. We have very different threads and linens nowadays so it is never going to be the same as the original. I feel it is important to do something which is meaningful for you. I think stitching most of a sampler as close to the original and personalising is actually a great tribute to the person who created the sampler in the first place as you like their work enough to spend many hours recreating it. I like to think of it as a gift from the past which we can recreate for the future.

Nikki said...

I also think you should personalize it Nicola. I am currently stitching Dorothy Walpole, and have decided to change some of it to make it mine. I thought about it for some time, and have decided that is what "Dorothy" would have wanted.

Nikki

Kathy said...

I think it's a beautiful idea to change it and make it a family heirloom! I would even think your children and grand children would cherish it and enjoy looking at it even more.

So I agree with everyone else. Go for it and make it your own.

Lanie said...

I'm so happy you started this conversation, Nicola. I constantly have an on going debate with myself about this very topic!
So the fact is there will only ever be one original "Jane Atkinson" or "Dorothy Walpole" or whatever...you get the idea. Our stitching now becomes "respectfully reproduced" or "inspired by..." or "stitched in honor of..."
I think it's great to make changes that reflect who we are. Jo's idea of writing "the story" of the sampler and the changes we have made and then attaching it to the back of our stitching is brilliant! ... I'm stealing that idea!!!
I'm looking forward to your "personalization" of Jane!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I would never stitch a sampler with someone else's name other than myself on it - it would just feel wrong. Having said that, I generally don't put my name on anything, just the year of stitching. I usually fill the space for a name with something else. We are all so different are we not?

Mary said...

Nicola, I try to take Jane Atkinson's perspective - how whould she see it? It would seem like such an honor to know that another stitcher, 200 year later, was so taken with my sampler that she used it to mark her own life and time. By all means, honor Jane by personalizing her work for yourself.

Gabi said...

Agreeing with the others here. Although I mostly use de name provided on the chart ( not sure why) i do make changes whenever i geel to do so .

samplerlover said...

I have changed a few of my samplers. I'm into doing my family research and have put on some of my samplers, the names of my forebear, their date of birth and where they lived.

Melissa said...

I am so glad you asked this question and even more glad to see the concensus to adapt a sampler and make it your own.

I will look forward to seeing your personal touch to Jane!

Rowyn said...

I wouldn't have any qualms about personalising a reproduction sampler. It's going to make it unique and more meaningful to your family.

Glenna said...

I think you should go with what makes it meaningful to you. What I generally do is stitch it as charted, then at the end I personalize it with my initials, the year I finished it, and a word or two that is meaningful to me. Last year was a tough year for me, so when I stitched Sarah Hatton McPhail's sampler, I added the word "endure." As for the value, sadly none of these reproductions will have any particular monetary value except possibly to future collectors of handcrafts (I once heard that from an expert, and I agree.)

Fiona said...

I would personalise it. You are right in that it will have more meaning for your family if it has your name represented.

Jane Steen said...

I'm a new reader of your blog - hi! I have yet to take up sampler stitching as a serious pursuit but I have never had any qualms personalizing cross stitch and I think the same would apply to samplers.

Please tell me where I can find a proper picture/chart/info on the incredible sampler on your blog background.

Caitlin Jordan said...

Make it your own :D