Checking in with everyone for another "Mary Monday".
This week's "Mary Hurst" has been stitched by Karen and her stitching is exquisite. Congratulations Karen.
A third file has been opened covering Bands 7 to 11. When I initially wrote up the notes for Band 10 on Friday evening I read the chart as it being stitched entirely in double running stitch.
At 1.30am when nodding off (yes Susan I do stitch in my sleep) I had an eureka moment when into my mind popped how it should be stitched so please make sure you have looked at the correct file upload which shows a photo of the band motifs actually stitched.
I thought it would be interesting to share with you a snippet that I read in Carol Humphrey's book on Samplers at the Fitzwilliam Museum (disappointingly Mary does not feature)
On page 5 in the last paragraph Carol states:-
Many young girls of the era achieved technical competence by progressing from a coloured sampler to a more taxing whitework sampler, probably followed by a casket or cabinet furnished with various accessories. Such an embroidery education meant that young women were able to tackle the fashionable and frivolous complexities of English pictorial raised work seen not only on panels, but made into caskets, mirror frames, cushions etc., popularly called "stump work".
For many of us we are doing just that "PROGRESSING" and it is so exciting to see our whitework sections develop.
For most of us, as it was for the young girls of the seventeenth century working their band samplers, Mary is challenging and out of our comfort zone but perseverance and dedication will reap rewards.
If you have started and have not as yet posted a photo we would really like to see your progress.