Elizabeth Gooch's original sampler was created in Boston, Mass., in 1738. The piece is in the collections of Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Mass. Elizabeth's elaborate sampler incorporates many central design elements found on other Boston samplers during this time period. The verse is taken from a 1715 book titled Divine and Moral Songs for Children written by Dr. Isaac Watts. Elizabeth records her birth date as follows: “Elizabeth Gooch was born the 29th day of October 17 hundred & 27 on the day of the great earthquake.” The center panel is flanked on either side with floral vines and tendrils spiraling up from vases seated on a flame stitch floral background.
The class sampler will be worked using DMC floss on a 35-count linen background. The stitches used are various forms of cross stitch, satin stitch, long and short stitches, outline stitch, herringbone stitch and other accent stitches. The colors include ecru, rose tones, gray-blue, garnet, blue-greens and dark blue.
We will also have an informal viewing of Boston samplers.