Sarah Hatton McPhail-1826
Sarah’s sampler is one of five known samplers with similar river scenes on them. Fortunatley her sister, Lilias Blair McPhail, added Norfolk, Va. to hers. Two of the other samplers are anonymous but one was worked by Eliza Jane Spratley in 1828. Sarah was born to John and Mary Wilson McPhail in 1820. She was one of at least three daughters and four sons. In 1827 she either went to a private school or received private lessons as she completed her sampler on January 28, 1827 at the age of eight. Unfortunatly it isn’t known who Sarah’s teacher was. Sarah married George Ferguson Anderson, originally from Pennsylvania, on October 18. 1842. The original sampler is in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, accession no. 4439.
Sarah’s sampler contains a number of different stitches; cross stitch, satin, marking cross, four sided stitch, long armed cross, back stitch, stem stitch and rice stitch.
Size: 13 5/8" x 12 3/4”(34.5cm x 32.5cm)
Thread Count: 35 count (14thr/cm)
Recommended Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: $158.00, cht $33.00
Categories: , North American / Mexico, MESDA
All prices are in US Dollars.