Elisabeth’s sampler belongs to a group of samplers of which six are known. They were all made in the vicinity of Centreville, Maryland. All of these samplers contain a two- story house with a fence on either side and trees. Elisabeth stitched her sampler at the age of 15 and she was the oldest girl of the six sampler makers to have made her sampler. Her sister, Ann, stitched her sampler at the age of ten and her’s is quite similar.
Elisabeth was born in Baltimore circa 1792 and was the daughter of Julianna Hawkins Shoebrooks, who died in 1832, and her second husband William Gould, born in 1753. William was a farmer and at the time of his death in 1817 his estate was worth six thousand dollars. Elisabeth married in 1811 to Captain John Alexander of Baltimore. Above information is from Gloria Seaman Allen , A Maryland Sampling, Girlhood Embroidery 1738-1860.
Elisabeth’s sampler is in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art, access. no. 4042.1
Stitches used are cross stitch, rice, back stitch, stem, satin, chain and freehand embroidery.
A full colour picture is included with the kit and a drawing to trace onto the linen.
Size: 11.5” x 13.5” (29cm x 34cm)
Thread Count: 35 ct. (14thr/cm) linen
Recommended Level: Intermediate
Cost: $142.00, cht. $30.00
Categories: Last Year, MESDA, North American / Mexico
All prices are in US Dollars.