Rachel Forbes Sampler
10 " x 16 1/4". 12 " x 18 1/2 " including a vintage wood frame with a gilt liner. Rachel's lovely sampler appears to be Scottish, although we have not found her place of birth as yet. She was
clearly an accomplished needle woman as she used several different interesting stitches, including cross stitch, rice stitch, satin stitch, eyelet stitch, double running stitch and queen stitch.
She filled her sampler with florals, birds, crowns, trees, a verse and a delicate honeysuckle vine border. The different stitches add quite a bit of texture to the needlework which draws the
eye and makes it seem quite vibrant. The rice stitch and queen stitch are thick and rich, while the double running stitch is light and delicate. All in all, it is a lovely design worked by an
excellent stitcher. The family initials included are "AF, EF, GP, JP, JH, and JP". The sampler is circa 1790 - 1810.
Her verse reads:
"This I have done that you
May see what care my
Parents took of me"
She signed her sampler " Rachel Forbes".
The condition of Rachel's sampler is quite good. There are two very small holes at the beginning of the second floral band, but no other holes anywhere on the sampler. In the
bottom center of the piece there are some stains, but they are small and there are no other issues to the condition of the
sampler. It has been mounted on acid-free board.