Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Marietta Stebbins Start

Hello Friends.
I have started a reproduction sampler this week called Marietta Stebbins. She is from Deerfield, MA.

I love Deerfield and the whole Pioneer Valley area of Massachusetts. It is very beautiful . I lived in Suffield and Windsor Locks, CT before I got married and I worked for awhile in Holyoke, MA. It was always great to drive up to Deerfield, maybe go to the original Yankee Candle store.
If you have ever seen the fairly recent version of Little Women, the town and outdoor scenes were filmed in Deerfield.

About 6 years ago they had a sampler symposium in Deerfield. There was a wonderful exhibit of samplers from the area. I was very disdained at that time because they did not reproduce a sampler for the seminar. In 2010 it finally happened, and Joanne Harvey reproduced Marietta so I ordered mine right away.
Deerfield samplers seem to have the funky doves and the baskets.

Here is my start, not much to see yet.
Deerfield is also famous for blue and white embroidery that was produced by women in the early 29th century.

It is a wonderful place.

That is it for now.

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Margaret said...

Oh gosh -- I was thinking about ordering this one when it first came out. Now you're going to make me regret not buying it. lol! Thanks for the history of the area -- very interesting!

marly said...

Interesting post! Looks like the perfect size for a sampler project and darn good looking.

Shirlee said...

That's a very nice sampler! You have a good start on it already : )

Faye said...

LOVE this sampler Chris and the history you explained with it! Look forward to seeing your progress.... Take care, Faye

Laurie in Iowa said...

Great sampler... I'm going to enjoy watching your progress on this one.

Jenny said...

What a pretty piece! I haven't seen it before, so I am really excited about following you on your stitching journey!
I love the blue/white embroidery with the long curved vines and generous sized flowers. So many things to admire in the world... happy sigh.

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Deborah said...

I try to get to the Deerfield area at least once a year. The western part of my state is beautiful. I look forward to watching your progress.

Barb said...

Chris, I Love that sampler. I went to Deerfield many years ago. I adore those old houses. What fun to do a sampler from there!

Krista said...

Great new start! I have never seen this sampler before, looks like it will be a fun one to stitch. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Have a great day!

Catherine said...

Love it ~ it will be fun to see your progress on Marietta. Enjoyed reading about the area as well. I love New
England in general!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful new start, Chris! Thanks for sharing a bit of the history which always makes them more interesting.

Melissa said...

Hi Chris! I am simply loving your blog! Left you a little surprise over on my blog.

Happy stitching!

Anne said...

Ooooh! What a beautiful sampler! I love the big baskets and the border! Can't wait to see this one grow! As for Little Women, I watch it every year at Christmas time...seems like a Christmasy movie to me :D


butterfly said...

What a wonderful chart Chris.
I love Little Women and have them all.
It was really the first book that I read all the way to the end when I was just a little girl.
Look forward to see your stitching unfold. Hugs.

Carol said...

You've picked a beauty for your latest start, Chris!

Oooh--blue and white embroidery! Sound like I should put Deerfield on my "must vist" list :)

Penny said...

Such a pretty sampler! Love the blue and white embroidery too. :)

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Very nice beginning. Your mind will be as busy as your fingers with this one! That blue embroidery is lovely, too. Are you familiar with Mary Corbet's