Cross-stitch sampler by Anne Thomas, Wales, 1864.
We’re continuing to recap our top 12 posts of 2012. #10 is this needlework sampler from the Waukesha County Museum, which was stitched by Anne Thomas of Wales (United Kingdom) in 1864. Anne’s daughters Mary and Elizabeth came to Wisconsin in the 1890s, joining other relatives who had previously settled in the Waukesha area.
When we first posted this sampler in July, a follower in Wales shared a rough translation of the Welsh verses:
“When I bow my head to die
Let me see your blessed love
See the open heavens
The son of man to the right of the Father.
Smile upon me Lord of Grace
On the shores of the blue river of death
Give your lovely presence
As I leave this world for the next.”
via: Waukesha County Museum by way of Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database