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American Quaker Sampler stitched by Krista


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Elizabeth Cox

Winter has arrived and the wood burner has been lit. My back is "back" to normal and I have been busy this week catching up on Elizabeth Cox.

I have decided to change the bottom left hand corner. I stitched one of the large leaves and it did not appeal so out it came and I decided that as November the 11th, Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of WW1 is nearing it would be fitting to embroider a bank of poppies. This sampler will be dedicated to my paternal uncle John Parkman and maternal great uncle Atiglio Bassi who lost their lives fighting on opposite sides in WW2.

I will finish the stem stitched bank tonight and then on November the 11th at 11.00 am I will sit and add the poppies.

I am still trying to find the right verse to add to the top of the sampler. Suggestions would be welcome.


Samplings from Spring Creek said...

So glad your back has improved and you have returned to stitching. The sampler is beautiful

Elaine said...

so glad your back is better and what a wonderful idea to stitch remembrance poppies

Bethany said...

The Lonely Hill

Wild grow the poppies in Tunisian vale
Gracing the green of a fertile land
And here comes "Peace" to lay her veil
On the hill of the foes last stand. .

Out of the Plain reared the lonely hill
Like a breast bared to the sky
Its slopes clasped the fallen ever still
And its bosom echoed the swallow's cry. .

Small sanctuary of a fallen dream
Last bastion to Enfidaville
Your crumbled fort is a desolate scene
Where all but the winds are still. .

The winds will rise and the tall grass bend
To ripple like waves of the sea
And time will take the scars to mend
On the lonely hill of the free.

- RA Harris

Nicola, I found this poem, but don't know if it is fitting. I loved that it had to do with Poppy's and was written by a soldier. I'll keep looking

Fiona said...

I really like your idea for the poppies. It will look stunning when completed.

samplerlover said...


I have always loved this poem, especially the first verse. I know that it was written during WWl, but fighting was also here in WWll.

One of the most beautiful things that I ever heard was many years ago on Rememberance Day here I first heard this poem. Sir John Gielgud recited the poem after the minutes silence send then they played one of my favourite pieces of music - The Lark Ascending by Vaugh Williams. It was a magical moment.

Jenny said...

I was so moved by all the poppies at the Tower of London display, it really got me thinking. My maternal Grandmother was a nurse over in France during WW1....and now your idea of the poppies on this sampler has really got me thinking :) Beautiful stitching, beautiful sampler, beautiful dedication. Love it all.

KrissKross said...

I personally love the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, particularly the first verse. Perhaps part of this would be appropriate?




Margaret said...

Your work is always so perfect, Nicola. Eliz. Cox is just gorgeous so far. Hope you find a good verse.

brod'attitude said...

I love your sampler.

Adele said...

Since this will be a wartime memorial sampler, how about the poem "Flanders Fields"?

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Jackie Podboy said...

I was searching google for war poetry and ran across a poem written by Laurence Binyon at the beginning of WWI known as "For the Fallen" I do not know how much room you have allowed for your verse but I thought the poem particularly fitting as it mentioned England and the author wrote the poem while sitting on the clifftops looking out to sea from the dramatic scenery of the North Cornish coastline after the loss of some of his friends. Maybe you wouldn't want to use the entire poem but parts of it. I found it on a website, Remembrance Day, 10 poems for the fallen, Telegraph.coUK; so there are also other poems listed as well. I also like the poems Bethany and Elizabeth suggested and any of them would be beautiful on your gorgeous sampler and a wonderful remembrance for your uncles with their names on the sampler following the verse. I love all your samplers and your work is as always, beautiful!

Jackie Podboy said...

Nicola, there is also a poem called "Ode to Remembrance" that is part of Laurence Binyons poem with an additional verse at the end which is also very nice. It is a little shorter because the original poem was seven verses and the adaptation is only three verses.

Vera said...

What a great idea Nicola! Can't wait to see your finish on this one. You've gotten some great suggestions for verses to use. So glad your back is better.

Elizabeth said...

Nicola - I wondered about this one
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The Life That I Have

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.