Samplers ➔ Sampler, Punchwork 'simply To Thy Cross I Cling'
This piece is an example of religious embroidery completed on perforated paper, also known as punch paper. It was common to have a pattern pre-printed on punch paper which made the embroidery process quicker. Religious phrases like the one stitched on this piece were common as well as a form of promoting their religion along with "proper" thoughts and behavior. This piece has "Simply to Thy 'cross' I Cling" stitched onto it. Since it is framed it would have been hung on the wall to further promote its saying and demonstrate the creators abilities in needlepoint. The frame used to hold this sampler seems to be common from the period as well. Although this piece seems to be common, it is a great example of what pieces like this were like. Among the museum's collections it is one of the few that still remains in its original frame. When all of these elements are combined it allows for a glimpse into how the piece was used.
1878 – 1891
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Ormsbee, Mrs. Arthur
Mrs. Arthur Ormsbee