Helen Wilson

Scottish Samplers

Helen Wilson, age 10

c. 1800

Stewarton, North Ayrshire

Description:

Helen's sampler features a distinctive three-storied blue house with multiple chimneys. A couple in period dress stand beneath with the prerequisite peacock. An assortment of trees and birds are symmetrically placed and give the entire piece a very balanced feel. Several sets of initials are along the top and bottom, again symmetrically placed.

This sampler is currently unframed and also undergoing stabilization and conservation efforts.

Familial initials: IW, IG, MW, EW, IW, HW, IW, MS, IW, RW, IW, MW, EW, WG, IF, MP, DM, IA, GH, EW, IB, IC

Size (W x H): 12 x 17 1/2 inches

Stitches: Cross, satin

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Helen was born 22 April 1792 in Stewarton, Ayrshire, the sister of Mary. She married David Sim/Syme in 1812 in Fenwick. They had three children: Margaret (1824); Janet (1826); and William (1828).

Helen died September 1862, evidently having remarried Alexander Russell in 1839.

Verse:

HELEN WILSON SEWED THIS
IN THE 10 YEAR OF HER AGE

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(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)