Today, whilst reading stitch-creations post about Mary Wigham here I was placed in a dilemma. I was aware that there were some 'errors' in the original sampler in that some of the motifs were not symmetrical. However, I had not realised until I looked at the chart in some detail, in particular the top left motif in chart one, just how not symmetrical it was. So at lunchtime I decided to have a go at making it so. A colleague asked me what I was doing, so I explained. She then pointed to other places where the symmetry was out.
Anyway, this is my symmetrical,hopefully, take on the top left motif.
The three stitches in red on the right hand side are on the original chart but the rest are not. I think it is possible to include them but it will mean shifting the motif done in DMC 972 down a few stitches. This does not appear to alter the positioning of the flower motif below.
Now my question is should I do this sampler as symmetrical as possible, correcting any mistakes, our do I just do it as charted? I am not trying to make a replica as I am doing it in different colours.
When I was much younger, probably not in my teens, we went on a family outing to a stately home here in England. They had on display a lot of samplers, not Quaker, more the ABC, abc, 123 type. We were told by the room steward that the girls were only allowed to make one mistake, deliberate or otherwise, on their sampler as only God was/is perfect.
If anyone out there wants to correct the mistakes then feel free to use my chart if you want to. Also feel free to spread the word but be warned I might have made a mistake too!
If you have any thoughts or would like to use the chart please let me know by posting a comment. If there is interest in the charts I will post other 'corrections' if I decide to do them.