Joane Wallwin Sampler Stitched by Cheryl A Matzker
Close ups of sampler I stitched. The original, stitched by Joane Wallwin in the mid seventeenth century, is completely reversible as is the one I stitched. It took a year to complete and won "Best Of Show" in Rockome Gardens NCCSS in "2004". My award was a dream trip to London England for 8 days where I visited the Victoria Albert Museum many times. I got to see the Anne Bostocke sampler. What a joy.
Here she is as she is displayed in my home. Next to her is Isabel Redie from Scarlet Letter, and two designs from Treasures magazine by Sandy Orton. They are the American Sampler and Spanish sampler. I use silks on all of my work and a tekobari laying tool to keep my stitches crisp and neat. Hope you enjoy the photos. In Stitches, Cheryl
Since doing my first sampler in 1999, I have always included the initials of all four of my children in any samplers I do with the exception of designs that do not have an area to do this without altering the design in any way. The true stitchers name is always on my work as it appeared when it was created. I think it is important when doing a reproduction, to stay true to the original, but when possible, your name deserves to go on the piece as well.