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Sarah Gaskill 1804 - sold in 2003 for $400,000. Maybe my husband should appreciate my hobby.

Investing in Antiques: Schoolgirl Needlework by Nancy N. Johnston from Antiques & Fine Art magazine

Alethea Stiles antique tent stitch picture sampler from Carol & Stephen Huber 1762

Alethea Stiles So much blue in this sampler, beautiful sheep, rolling hills, and a faraway manor. I always enjoy that hint of roiling sky at the top.

An 18th century pictorial sampler done by Catherine Skinner 1793, She was 11 years old.

An century pictorial sampler done by Catherine Skinner She was 11 years old.

Sarah Gaskill 1804. Besides being full of interesting country elements and darling elements, Sarah used a really effective treatment for the trees flanking the house.  Even though they're all the same basic shape, she used different colors and patterns to give them personality.

The earliest pictorial needlework from New Jersey is a group of six created in 1804 by girls who all lived in Burlington County: Ann Stockton and Sarah Gaskill

This is one of three similar samplers (the other two are in private collections) that can be traced to girls who lived in the Franklin/Norwich area of Connecticut. Illustrated with exotic scenes of faraway lands, they are some of the most unusual samplers stitched by early nineteenth-century schoolgirls. Laura Hyde embroidered her sampler with images of India that she probably copied from a history or geography text.

Embroidered Sampler - Maker: Laura Hyde (born Date: 1800 Geography: Made in Franklin, Connecticut, United States Culture: American Medium: Silk on linen, embroidered

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