Stitched into History

Stitched into History

If you are like most crafters, your favorite craft was handed down by a family member. You may or may not have continued the craft, but there is something about embroidery, needlepoint, sewing, knitting or crocheting that reminds you of family. 

Yesterday we shared an article that told the story of Ashley, who was sold during slavery. Rose, the mother, gave Ashley a sack full of love. The family kept the sack and passed it from one generation to the next. Their history was later stitched into that sack.  This sack made me want to find more needlework from way back. 

I tried quite a few searches before I stumbled upon this piece by Rosena Disery from 1860. WOW!! She was free and attending the New York African Free School. This school was opened with the sole purpose of giving free black children an education equal to that of a white child. At 16 years of age, Rosena created this sampler. Truth is a verse from the poem “Self-Love and Truth Incompatible” by Madame Guyon. Read more here