Shortly after my last posting, I heard from Kathy Lesieur, who is quite an authority on southeastern Pennsylvania samplers, particularly those from Berks and Montgomery County. Kathy recently curated an exhibit at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Kathy kindly shed some more light on Mary Katz whose sampler I recently stitched.
Kathy wrote, How funny to see one of my girls from the exhibit at the Mercer. Mary Katz was actually from Montgomery County, not Bucks. She was born in the Barren Hill area of Whitemarsh, near Chestnut Hill. Her sister, Sarah's sampler and Sarah's daughter, Ann Catharine Streeper's samplers were featured in Vol. 2 of Finkel's "Samplings". Sarah's sampler is very similar to Mary's, but her bird is sitting on her rose tree. Their father owned a paper mill on the Wissahickon Creek and was one of the founders of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He was also a trustee of the Barren Hill School. I don't have any information on the school, so I don't know if any of the girls stitched their samplers there.
I looked through my collection of old issues of Samplings and discovered I don't have Volume 2. However, thanks to the kindness of Amy Finkel (M. Finkel & Daughter), here is a photo of Mary's sister Sarah's sampler.
Sara Katz her hand and work this I leave to you when I lie buried deep in the dust and all my boans are rotten this you may see for to remember me for fear I may be forgotten
I found it fun to compare and contrast the two sisters' samplers. Mary's sampler (which I showed you in my previous blog post) is nearly square, but Sarah's is rectangular. Both samplers have a strawberry border. Mary stitched a few of her strawberries in queen stitches, but Sarah used only cross stitches on all of hers. Both girls stitched almost identical figures and a large parrot. You may remember from my last posting that Mary's parrot was on the back of a chair; Sarah's is on top of the large floral and strawberry motif. Mary stitched her floral and strawberry motif using just cross stitches; Sarah used queen stitches on her strawberries.