The Cottage Orné Quilt

The Cottage Orné Quilt
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Saturday, 11 February 2012

A new obsession!

Pinterest is my new obsession and I am spending far too much time collecting images to the detriment of everything else.  Fortunately the weather is so miserable that one doesn't feel too guilty being at the computer - it's a different matter when the sun is shining!

What I enjoy about collecting on Google images is that one doesn't know where it  will lead!  It's like a magical mystery tour - you may be looking for quilts but other, quite unrelated, things turn up!  However, samplers are appearing in abundance and I've chosen this one to show you.  (I've put this link so that you can go to the original source and see a much enlarged version of this sampler if you keep clicking) -

This sampler is packed with content yet very organised and  I love the clothed Adam and Eve!  The capital lettering of the name and month are unusual on a Welsh sampler and at first glance look rather Scottish!

It isn't anything like the Welsh samplers I have described in my earlier post. It was made in 1843, just before the time when woollen samplers seem to burst on the scene and the Welsh language began to appear. The naming of of Wrexham Church is a obvious indication but images of churches were very common on Welsh samplers and are always an indication of Welshness. As are the flight of birds surrounding the church and the style of the tree and plant motifs.

What I find interesting, is that though Wrexham is in North Wales, this sampler displays motifs very much in the style of those found on samplers made in South Wales and this is unusual.


fabriquefantastique said...

just discovered Pinterist myself, yes, I can see the possibilities.

amanda white said...

HI Mary,
Strangely enough I had had a quick first peek into pinterest this morning and then found your post on it.
Like most new computery things it looked a bit jumbled and scarey! But so did tumblr at first and now I'm used to it. Considering the gem you found I think itll be worth investigating.
Hey-ho ... more creative time goes astray.