Elizabeth Mitchell (aka Bessie Shults)
Introduced in Scarlet Letter Catalog Supplement No. 30
Lakeside Linen 32 ct (unsure of color)
Krenik Au Ver A Soie silks
The first time I saw this sampler, I knew it was the perfect memorial sampler for my dearly loved Grandmother Bessie. In the catalog supplement, Marsha of the Scarlet Letter describes the sampler as an American Quaker sampler with an origin in Pennsylvania. Thanks to family research, I knew Grandfather Valentine Shults had settled in Pennsylvania from Germany. The cartouche was the perfect place to include vital stats about Grandmother.
The sampler has a simple floral border and simple motifs. The frame is also quite simple. Grandmother did not like fuss and muss. The sampler is stitched entirely in cross stitch.
(WOW! This photo is not even close to the color of the linen)
Grandmother Rebecca's memorial sampler. Now, both of my dearly loved Grandmothers have memorial samplers.