Congratulations to Betty who has completed Section 1.
I was reading in the Goodhart Samplers book on page 94 that the author has wondered if samplers could be purchased partly worked during the 17th century with designs marked out in double running stitch for the purchaser to embellish further.
The paragraph then refers to it being unlikely that young girls would be working detached buttonhole or plaited braid stitch with precious, expensive, metal threads with the possibility that the metal thread decoration which is remarkably similar on a number of specimens was already stitched when the kit was purchased.
This is an interesting thought !!!
It is very exciting to see so many Marys being stitched and each one is looking wonderful. It is so interesting to see the differences that can be made with linen and thread choices together with little tweaks to the design here and there.
I have just uploaded a new file for Section 2 and an opening paragraph for Section 3.
If you have started Mary and have yet to share her with the group please do.