Cross Stitching is time consuming!
I collect Cross Stitched Samplers!
Done by someone else...anyone else...definitely not by me!
Just look at all those tiny little x's. Do you know how many strands of embroidery thread it takes to make stitches that small? TWO!!
Two strands separated from a skein of six. That alone makes me crazy!
I suppose there is a good explanation why this beautifully stitched, and professionally framed Alphabet Sampler ended up at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, but for the life of me, I can not imagine ever, ever, ever not keeping this incredible piece of needlework as a 'Family Heirloom'. With that said, I am happy to add it to my collection and sometime soon will find a great aunt with the initals J.F. Bless her heart...she must have had the cross stitching patience of Job and a believer in age old symbolism.
Are you as curious as I am about why J.F. used the characters and symbols stitched in this sampler? Do you have any ideas about the event it may represent?
Did you know that every stitch in a Sampler can be personally and historically significant?
Maybe after a bit of research, I will have some answers to these questions. I'll let you know!
One question remains and we will probably never know...
How did it end up in a Thrift Store with a sticker price of $4.99?
My best guess...it was meant for ME.