When I was a child I was around at a friends granny's house when she was having a "good clear out" and on to the pile to throw out she threw a scrap of fabric which even at that young age I immediately picked up. I fell in love.
I had no idea then what a sampler was, I just knew I wanted it and against my upbringing asked if I could have it.
She said yes and told me she thought it was done by her grandmother. I kept it safely packed away in my treasures chest for years until I got engaged when my Mum had it framed for me as a surprise.
It has been on the wall in my homes, out of the sunlight, ever since, my most treasured possession.
When I read "summerfete" I thought why not find out a bit about Emily Annie Jones who did my sampler. So onto Ancestry .co.uk( Mr T is researching his family tree) and I looked her up. It took a while starting with my friends and working backwards but I found her.
She was indeed my friends Great great grandmother and was born in Glamorgan Wales in about 1869, marrying a man called Evans who was a miner. Her Granddaughter and her family moved to West London in the 1950's.
I'm so pleased I have found a little about Emily and have now got a picture of her sitting by the fire as a young girl sewing this. I would like to think someone will take the time to look me up if they found something I had made and signed.
This one came from my Grandmother and is an embroidered picture and is my next hunt--before going onto
this one which fell out of an old album I found amongst my Mothers stuff when I was sorting out after she died.
Two more of my treasured possessions .
What do you treasure apart from family?