Family Register Sampler, 1798 Medium: silk embroidery on linen foundation Technique: embroidered in cross stitch on plain weave foundation. Gift of Myra M. and William H. Mathers. 2008-31-14-a,b.
What is this?
A record of the family of William Lawrence and Alice Ripley. The entire ground is covered in black cross-stitch, with the family dates worked in colored silks, followed by a verse and inscription, and at the bottom two cornucopias of flowers. The verse reads: Improve Every Moment of youth while you May For Life is too short to Be trifled away