Thursday, March 24, 2011
Two posts in one day!
Yesterday this came to me by FedEx. I found it on eBay and watched it for a few days and after getting some liquid courage, I bid on it and won! I thought she was dated 1812 but after close examination realized she is dated 1819, stitched by Ann Skey at 14 years old. I guess I just wanted her to be 200 years old so bad! Yes, it did take a couple beers for me to lose my mind and buy it but I am so excited! It truly is a wonderful piece of work. Ann was a very good stitcher and so far I have found crewel, satin, and cross stitch. All of the verses are done over one and the linen is very tiny, I'm thinking 40 or 45 count. Check out that house! It reminds me of a Chinese plantation. Wouldn't this make a wonderful reproduction? I wouldn't know where to start with that though. The framing is atrocious but I am afraid to take it apart and redo it. It would be so much more beautiful if it were properly stretched and mounted. It looks like it's been sewn in increments along the perimeter, but sewn to what? I don't know. For now I will just enjoy having a beautiful work of art and investigate how to give her a final resting place! If any of my followers have any suggestions about how to reframe this, please let me know.