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Silk:  Needlepoint Inc. Silk. (DMC conversion provided).
Fabric: The model was worked on Lakeside Linens, 32 count and color – Vintage Pecan Butter.
Stitch Count: 300 H x 288 W
Stitches: Chain, close herringbone, cross over 1 and 2 linen threads, rice and straight.
 
At the age of 18, Phebe Nichols was a little older than most sampler makers.   Phebe was born in 1806 into the founding families of the Society of Friends (Quakers), of Goose Creek, Loudoun County, Virginia.  Phebe created a three-sided arcaded vine border with chestnut red and buttery yellow carnations.  It surrounds a large brick house with end chimneys and paired birds atop each.  The house is placed on a stepped terrace lawn with spikey trees, flanked by gates and picket fence.  A rose spray and four bell-shaped checkered or spotted lilies (Fritillaria Meleagris) burst from the geometric patterned basket.  A tiny bird relaxes on the rim of the basket.   The floating Star of Bethlehem motif is on the left and another set of paired birds, very lightly colored, are secretively inside the lower border.  Phebe memorializes her father: Samuel Nichols departed this life 27th of the 5 mo 1824.  She inscribes Mary Nichols, her mother and herself with: Phebe Nichols 2n of 12th mo 1824, when she most likely finished her sampler.
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