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Amanda N Jarrett Sampler Kit

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∙ Sampler kit finished 15" x 16 ½"
∙ Original in Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections
∙ D.M.C. Floss -19 colors∙ 28 count linen
∙ WILLIAMSBURG by Examplarery
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Reproduced from an antique sampler in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections, this sampler celebrates both history and art. The original colorful sampler worked by Amanda N. Jarrett represents a fully developed sampler form with outer meandering vine borders at sides, inner two-toned sawtooth border, two sets of family initials (WNJ and MJ for her parents), verses, signature line, and a beautifully executed "strawberry tree" worked in queen stitch at center top.

Amanda also included her date of birth, January 2, 1808, and the year she completed the sampler, 1819. A striking feature of the sampler is the charming two-story blue house flanked by pots of large flowering vines. Most significant is the inscription firmly noting its creation in Morgantown, Virginia, a town now in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Samplers created in the western part of Virginia in the area that today makes up the state of West Virginia are rare with only a few regional styles identified.

The kit includes 28 count linen, D.M.C. floss. The techniques are Cross, Algerian Eye, Satin and Queen Stitch worked in 19 different colors. Finished size is approximately 15" x 17".
Amanda N. Jarrett was born January 2, 1808, to William Norris Jarrett (1776-1829) and Mary Kiger McNeely Jarrett (d. 1849) in Morgantown, Monongalia County, Virginia. On August 13, 1829, Amanda married Jabez B. Larwill. By 1850, the couple was living in Crawford, Ohio, with their eight children, two of whom were 13-year-old twin boys. Jabez and their oldest son worked as druggists. Amanda died at the age of 76 and a simple tombstone marks her grave in the Wooster Cemetery in Wayne County, Ohio.

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