Let's back up a bit...some years ago, far too many than one can count...a friend stitched and framed this piece as a gift. Lucky me! It's always been a favorite and has a predominant place on the dining room wall, catching the eye of several. I always believe, in addition to the sampler, they are drawn to the aging and over dyeing of the linen itself. It was only appropriate the person who stitched this for me should receive in kind....such an enjoyable stitch. Although the aging process was some what frightening...perhaps not as much as purchasing an antique sampler only to find out later it was not an antique. Isn't it amazing how just about anything can be aged?! The second stitching and aging a breeze! The third and most recent was also a quick stitch but the aging process was dreaded. So much so the sampler was given as a birthday gift in 2008 and just now framed...she is so patient. A little coffee, kitchen bouquet, matches and
sand paper is all one needs for aging.