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Louisa Breedin's Sampler

Louisa Breedin's Sampler

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This sampler by Louisa Breedin, dating to 1813, is stitched with silk embroidery thread on a linen ground with a thread count of warp 27, weft 28/ in. The stitches used are cross, queen, four-sided, eyelet, rice, crosslet, chain, satin, and stem. The inscription is: “Absent or dead still let a friend be dear / A sigh the absent claim the dead a tear / Louisa Breedin,s sampler / June 21st, 1813.” Nothing more is known about Louisa Breedin.
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Physical Description
linen (overall ground)
silk (overall thread)
overall: 17 1/8 in x 16 1/4 in; 43.4975 cm x 41.275 cm
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Gift of Mrs. John H. Murray
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
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National Museum of American History
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