Thursday, March 5, 2015

1836 Louisa Horsey Sampler Kickstarter Project

I will do a market update soon, but wanted to share with you my new Kickstarter Campaign to purchase and reproduce the 1836 Louisa Horsey sampler.  I found this sampler two days ago on the Internet and was captivated by its beauty, quality, and heart.  The campaign will help me come up with the funds to purchase the sampler, which is on hold at the dealer's. (I only need 69 people at the $25 level to fund the project; if I receive more than my goal, participants at the $10, $25 and $40 levels will receive extra gifts!)

I'm always looking for new samplers to reproduce, but I have certain things that I look for.  I love pieces with unusual elements and fun motifs.  Samplers with more than just plants and flowers are fun to stitch, and this one has lots to love: a shepherd and shepherdess, folk art angels, an unusual border, a gorgeous urn, and a host of animals, including birds, sheep, a dog, butterflies, bugs and bunnies and more.

In the above picture, you can see what a treat it will be to stitch the border, as the flowers alternate, including a flower with a lovely navy blue coloring, still bright after almost two centuries.

If you look closely at the bottom border, you'll find two figures tucked inside.  The shepherd and shepherdess are wearing beautiful clothes, and would you look at that man's fantastic calves?

The sampler does have a somber tone, focusing on the death of dear brother Henry, who died the day he was born.  But the verse is hopeful, and I admire this girl for dedicating many, many hours to creating this one-of-a-kind sampler.

Follow this link: to read more about the project and the rewards for participation.  People who contribute $10, $25 or $40 will receive rewards in the mail (at $25 and $40, you receive the graph to stitch the sampler.)  I have one month from today to raise the funds.  Thanks for your help!