Marcy’s Embroidery Wednesday

Posted on Aug 06 2009

Have you ever seen the magazine A Needle Pulling Thread? I recently came across a copy at my local Books-A-Million. It’s dubbed “the magazine promoting Canadian needle arts,” and it has some fascinating stuff.

This particular issue features Celtic gift boxes (fibre art), Swedish weaving, cross stitch, rug hooking, silk ribbon embroidery, knitting, quilting and Gerdany Ukrainian Beadwork. Various designers are spotlighted, and they tell readers about their work, their inspirations and their techniques.

The issue I bought also has a reproduction of a schoolgirl sampler stitched by Mary Keillor in 1837. Mary stitched the piece when she was nine years old. The sampler is displayed at New Brunswick’s Keillor House Museum and was reproduced by Sheila F. Horsman. Ms. Horsman goes on to explain that Mary Keillor’s sampler is typical of those used to educate girls during the 1700s to mid-1800s. The samplers were used to teach the girls a variety of embroidery stitches, their alphabet, numbers and a verse. This particular sampler has a version of the Golden Rule with the sampler saying, “Do as you would wish to be done by.” 🙂

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