The sampler created by Amanda Jarrett is in the Collections of Colonial Williamsburg. According to Kim Ivey, Curator of Textiles and Historical Interiors at Colonial Williamsburg, "Samplers created in the Western part of Virginia, which today makes up the state of West Virginia, are relatively rare, with only a few regional styles identified."
Amanda Jarrett was born on January 2, 1808 to William Norris Jarrett and Mary Kieger McNeely Jarrett. She worked her piece when she was 12 years old. Amanda married and passed away at the age of 76 and is buried in Wayne, Ohio. Her colorful sampler displays a meandering vine border, strawberry tree and an inner sawtooth border framing a two-story blue house all above the verse taken from the hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," written by Robert Robertson in 1757.
This embroidered sampler was once in the renowned collection of needlework historian and author, Betty Ring. During our class time together, Kim Ivey will share her knowledge of Virginia "Back Country Samplers." Our reproduction will be worked on 28-count linen with DMC® floss. The embroidery techniques are cross-stitch, satin stitch, Algerian eye and queen stitch; when finished, the sampler will measure approximately 15" x 16 1/2".