Ann Leigh 1835 – Printed Book


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Ann is a relatively large sampler with a design area of 341 stitches (h) by 393 stitches (w).  Her original sampler measures almost 26″x 26″ and is stitched in crewel wool on loose weave linen close to 28ct.  It has never been framed but very neatly hemmed and then spent a very long time, folded up in a draw.  The original colours have therefore retained their vibrancy and the model was stitched with AVAS silk matched to the front of the sampler on 40ct Zweigart Linen in Summer Khaki.  It is stitched mainly in cross stitch over two threads, with part of the verse over one and there is a small amount of satin stitch and Algerian eyelet stitch, making it suitable for an ambitious beginner.

It is a sampler is packed with detail and Ann has used her linen well. There is a central motif of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, underneath a rainbow spanning two large pillars, complete with apple tree and serpent. Pots of flowers top the pillars and either side are motifs of birds and plants and two milkmaids, possibly Jersey milkmaids? Above the rainbow is the verse:

Self Examination

At Evening to myself I say,
My soul where hast thou glean’d today,
Thy labours how best to wed?
What has thou rightly said or done?
What grace attain’d or knowledge won
In following after God?

                           Charles Wesley ( 1707-1788)

 Above the verse are random motifs of moths, strawberries and two very strange looking animals and the whole sampler is bordered by a pretty honeysuckle border.

The booklet is produced in full colour with both colour and symbol blocks and there is a page overlap of 5 rows for ease of use when changing pages. There are thread legends for both AVAS and DMC conversions and a full history of Ann and her descendants.