Today I did something out of my normal routine and probably something I should have done ages ago. I went to the Irish Linen Museum for a visit!
It was prompted by this sampler which I read about in my old high school magazine by a young girl Hannah Morison who it is believed, emigrated with her husband John Burrows to the New World in 1815.
It is believed she was taught the art of needlepoint by a talented seamstress Sarah Dickenson who taught at the Quaker school founded in 1774.
Amazingly it was bought several years ago by a lady in Vancouver, Washington State at a church sale who appreciated the value of such a piece of work from nearly 2 centuries ago and very kindly gifted it back to the town of origin mentioned in the sampler - the very town I grew up in!
So I went to see it on display and can tell you it is a wonderful example of needle point by a girl of only 14.
I toured the rest of the museum with interesting looms and weaving history and beautiful Irish linen cloth and clothes. You wouldn't believe the amount of work needed to prepare patterns in damask and set up the loom.
Anyhow, I really enjoyed my visit.
Here's a link for a virtual visit ~ click here
It has really inspired me to stitch some more so that's what I'm off to do!
Have a great day doing what you enjoy!
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