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sampler The Chase reproduction 1970s kit

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Category Embroidery
Type Home Decor
Style Retro / Vintage, Classic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? 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.

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What are you most proud of? Finally completing this after lovingly working on it for over 10 years.

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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")

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Hi there, I just purchased an unopened kit of The Chase Sampler on line. Sadly, it was missing the chart/legend to tell me which color belongs to which letter on the diagram. I can wing it, but I'd really like to find the original. Do any of you ladies have the original chart/legend that you would be willing to copy and share? I would so appreciate it. Thanks so much - Janette

09/29/2014 Flag

Thank you for posting all this information. My father started this sampler in 1968 & I finished it for him in 1981. It took is 199 hours to finish it. I just got it shipped to me from his house after he passed. So wonderful to know the history of the original.

03/02/2015 Flag

What a wonderful history for a pattern! From 1760's to 1970's to 2015! And I love modern technology helps us discover that other people have it tucked away in their stashes! I am just beginning to learn embroidery and find this very inspiring.

11/21/2015 Flag

I just found this sampler at a thrift store! Finished! In perfect tiny stitches!!

02/22/2016 Flag

I just found this sampler at a thrift store! Finished! In perfect tiny stitches!!

03/22/2016 Flag