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I wish my great grandmother had made me a sampler! Back in 1830, when all the other Elizabeths- and numberless Elizas, Priscillas, and Anns, too, for that matter" wrought" each her sampler and filled it with figures, quaint flowers and decorous cross-stitched verses; back in those days my great grandmother must have been an idle indulged little girl. But, just possibly, she didn't realize that the sampler Cousin Jane was working on would someday hang framed in the place of honor over the fireplace in Grandniece Jane's California home; undoubtedly she didn't guess that any great granddaughter of hers would ever bewail her lack of needlecraftiness.
Dean Heryford, Dorothy
"When Our Grandmothers "Wrought" Samplers,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol6/iss7/3