Here we are again, with a new book, which means a book giveaway for you!Â This time it’s for Blackbird Designs’ latest, A Schoolgirl’s Work: Samplers from the Spencer Museum of Art.Â Barb Adams and Alma Allen joined with the Spencer Museum of Art to share historical schoolgirl cross stitch samplers from the years 1710 to 1841.Â Also included are 11 projects inspired by the samplers for you stitch.Â Here are some of the projects you will find in the book:
Darling, right?Â The book also includes samplers from 24 different schoolgirls and the history and detail behind each.Â For example, you learn that the reason the letters “J” and “U” are omitted in a sampler is because they were not part of the early Latin alphabet and that “I/J” and “V/U” were interchangeable until the 1750s.
Here is a taste of these delicate, historical samplers:
I am so impressed at these girls’ skills at such a young age!Â The samplers are just beautiful and the history fascinating.
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book, simply post a comment.Â Tell us about your cross stitching.Â What are your favorite types of projects?Â Do you cross stitch more than you quilt?Â If you don’t cross stitch, is it something you’re interesting in picking up?
We’ll be choosing TWO winners early next week, so get your comments in soon!