sampler The Chase reproduction 1970s kit

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Finally completing this after lovingly working on it for over 10 years. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Consider it a labor of love and enjoy the work between your I Need This Now projects. Mary's original statement (blank lines on the sampler) were: Mary Starkey born January 9, 1799 This Sampler I wrought the year 1760 Goodness and Mercy Ever follow those who Shape there Conduct by Gods Holy Laws Mary Starkey born in Newbury New England (followed by 3 hearts) (yes, it says "there")

What you will need

  • embroidery kit from 1970s called The Chase. It was originally worked by an 11 year old girl Mary Starkey in 1760
  • Newbury New England. Later on this kit was altered translating the bottom 1/3 of solid embroidery into more cross stitch. I always loved the embroidery part the best - including the woven strawberries. The outlining on the birds really makes them stand out.

Q&A with Pam Sews

shazdove asked:
What an awesome work, I love it. Have no tallent myself when it comes to embroidery but looking at this wish I did
Pam Sews answered:
that is the sweetest thing to say - but following a kit is like painting by numbers, the real artist was the little girl who designed the original sampler. The linen was printed, so it wasn't even like counting cross-stitches - it is more like coloring with thread. But, honestly, it was very small work and I'm glad I did it, although I'll not be doing another. It is my favorite, though. Thanks for the kind words.
pfkish asked:
Pam Sews answered:
thanks! It gave me so much peace making it, and it still does.
tova dian dean asked:
I like this version; closer to the original. It's so gorgeous!
Pam Sews answered:
thanks! I love seeing your projects, too.
Pamela Boatright asked:
So beautiful!
Pam Sews answered:
thanks! that is high-praise coming from you. Love your work!
NellyJane asked:
Pam, Thank you for putting this up the projects page. It is beautiful, I can see you are a real perfectionist, the lines are aligned exactly and overall it looks wonderful. It is executed fantastically.
Pam Sews answered:
Well, I WAS a perfectionist when I could see better! I'm so glad you found this since I posted it for you. Cheers!

Skill Level