Some of you have asked if I can get repeat copies of books which have been sold here. I am so sorry some of you have been disappointed, but I have only single copies since these books are coming from my personal library - they are mostly books I have collected over the years. You may think it odd that I only have one copy of this book since I produced it... but the truth is the production run was donated to Ackworth School, so I don't have a warehouse of them somewhere.
This was the first Needleprint publication (2006) and it has a special place in my heart not so much for the working, which as a first book was a bit fraught to say the least, but because of all the wonderful people I met as a consequence.
Although it's impossible to keep in touch all the time, the memories of Ackworth2006 and Ackworth2008 are perennial in my heart. Everyone was so kind to each other - it was as if Ackworth School wove a special web of friendship that has become so strong and enduring over the years.
So, many thanks, dear Ackworth for all the opportunities - and for all the samplers! Here you can glimpse just some of them.
There are medallion, darning pattern, alphabet, text and other types of samplers and needlework - not forgetting knitted silk pinballs - and not just from Ackworth, but from other Quaker sources. There are stories of the girls' lives as scholars at the school and as women beyond. I loved these old exercise books, which you can see below, that have been preserved in the archive for almost 200 years.
And, like all Needleprint books, there is a chart inside the folded book jacket. The chart is for the sampler below and was kindly made by Katie Trendell of an Elne of Lynnyn.