Betsy Davis

Date: 10/9/2004
Time: 1:00-4:00
Type: Workshop
Location: Glen Ellyn Library
Teacher: Joanne Harvey

Joanne
has been teaching  in the Chicago area each year since before LMSG was formed.
The classes this weekend have been especially  designed to celebrate the Sixth
Anniversary of the beginning of the guild. 


One of the most prestigious groupings of embroideries worked in
New England
 from the later part of the eighteenth century into the nineteenth century can
be attributed to the

Balch
Academy

in

Providence
,
Rhode Island

. The academy was conducted under the accomplished hands of Mary “Polly” Balch.
Many of the known Balch Academy embroideries are very sophisticated in both design
and stitching techniques, yet very few examples have surfaced that can be attributed
to the work of a particular child in her preparation for a more sophisticated sampler. 
We would like to share with you the preliminary work of Betsy Davis which has come
to light in recent years.  Her sampler is signed “Betsy Davis’s sampler wrought
at 8 years of age

Providence

October 22, 1794
“.  Her preparatory sampler led to a more elaborate accomplishment three
years later. The larger sampler is housed in the

Museum
of
Fine Arts

,

Boston

.

The sampler will be worked on 28 count linen in DMC floss.  The stitches include
Cross Stitch over one and two threads, Rice Stitch, Algerian Eye, Queen Stitch and
Satin Stitch. Kit cost: is $48.50 plus a teaching fee to be announced.