SharonB has just written about old needlework samplers and has put up some great links to samplers worked by girls as young as 9.
This is one of two samplers I finished back in 1996.
While mine is not as old as the ones Sharon has written about, nor was it done on fine linen like it was done in those days, but it was done in a time that had great meaning for me.
My Dh had just had very serious back surgery done then, and while he recovered from the surgery and for many months after while he recuperated, I sat by his bed and stitched this and another sampler.
Looking back now, I see myself as I sat there stitching and watching over my Dh who went through a very bad time with the surgery.
I remember wanting to stitch in things that had meaning to our surroundings...like our home, the Pine tree out the front, the flowers in the garden, little hearts to represent our love for one another, and of course the alphabet and numbers that are always on samplers.
So it makes me wonder, what were those little girls thinking when they sat and stitched, and did their sampler have such great meaning to them as mine did for me...