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Abby Couzzens Family Register Course: January 1st, 2014 - March 1st, 2014
Course Length: 3 months
Course Registration Deadline: December 1st, 2013
Course Commencement: January 1st, 2014
Reservation Fee: One payment of $25.00
Monthly Fee: Three monthly payments of $50.00
Number of Spaces: Class Full.

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, just in case someone cancels and a spot becomes available, please e-mail Tricia at tricia@alum.mit.edu and ask to be placed on the waiting list.

This piece is inspired by a 1836 sampler by Abby Couzzens worked in the middle of Massachusetts. A beautifully stitched full rose border surrounds a masonic-like set of pillars where information about a family should be stitched. In the antique, this information is missing, but research has shown a set of related samplers where girls who grew up near Abby recorded their families. A unique feature of the sampler is the crinkle silk used to stitch the border. Investigation of the sampler silk as well as the back and other pieces of the same time frame, revealed how this silk came to be a part of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century suite of threads.

We will stitch this sampler for your own family record and delve into the history of where this sampler came from as well as the associated samplers made in this style. The students will be taught the secrets of crinkle silk and how to make crinkle silk for there own sampler stitching! The number of students in this class will be limited to 27 as the base linen used in the original teaching piece has been discontinued and we are using the last of the linen for this course. A mixture of counted and embroidery, the design is not easily adaptable to a different linen type.

Size: Design Size Approx 14" x 14"

Kit Contents: 40-count linen, Au Ver a Soie silk in Soie Perlee, Soie Gobelin and Soie Paris, needles