Mary Brown 1765 been rated as suitable for a confident beginner to intermediate stitcher. The sampler has a stitch count of 224 stitches (w) x 287 stitches (h) and a variety of stitches including cross stitch over 1 and 2 threads, satin stitch and Algerian eyelets. She is an excellent choice for those wishing to expand their repertoire of stitches.
Mary Brown finished her charming sampler on July 4, 1765. Sadly we have been unable to trace Mary as her name has always been a very popular one and there are many Mary Browns born during the time period. It is possible that Mary Brown was a Quaker or was taught or influenced by a Quaker.
Despite its age the original sampler glows with vibrant jewel-like colours, only a few central lines have lost their colour overtime. The colours from the front have been used in the reproduction, however, the entire verse has been reproduced in one colour as that is how Mary stitched her sampler.
The sampler has many different elements: a beautiful floral border, three different alphabets, vases of fruit, a verse and the highlight of Mary’s design is The Lord’s Prayer which is very dear to many of us.
The Lord’s Prayer is the best loved, most spoken prayer throughout the Christian world. Over two billion people recite this prayer. According to the New Testament it was taught by Jesus to his disciples. Two forms of it are recorded in the New Testament: a longer form in the Gospel of Matthew (6:5-13) as part of the Sermon on the Mount, and a shorter form in the Gospel of Luke (11:1-4) as a response by Jesus to a request by one of his disciples to teach them to pray as John the Baptist taught his disciples.