I started a sampler done all in red in 2008. I am close to being done. After reading about Sian's project, I dug it out to show Susan. Sian expressed an interest in seeing my red sampler, so here it is!
I have always been a sucker for samplers. It is something about the order of them, I suppose. The magazine that I found this pattern in, gave a bit of a history. This sampler is based on one done in the 1800's. Apparently, young girls would have to complete these as part of their schooling. It helped them to learn their alphabet but more importantly, taught them to be excellent stitchers. Young orphans would often use their samplers as a kind of resume to show future employers how neatly they could stitch, as these girls often went into domestic service. These samplers were often done all in red. I read somewhere that it had something to do with there being a great supply of red dye and therefore it was cheap. It is always interesting to learn why things were popular at a certain point in time. I remember reading that women, at some point, stitched mostly on paper as linens were scarce. Maybe it was during some wartime.
Here is a glimpse of what it will look like completed.
Aside from scrapping, I am currently knitting up a set of dishcloths for Lisa's friend who is moving into her first home. Once these are done I am planning on working on my red sampler a little each night. :)
Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)