Nicola from Hands Across the Sea Samplers tells us:
"We believe that this traditional English sampler was stitched by Eliza 'as the first efforts of a youthful hand,' in the first half of the 19th century, as part of her education. The sampler shows aptitude for needlework and her stitching is precise. The sampler was executed in fine silks which some 200 years later have retained their vibrancy. Regrettably the sampler yields no further insights into Eliza and it is only against a background of the period in which she lived that we can 'get a glimpse' of what life was like for her and other Victorian women. It takes a considerable leap of imagination for a 21st century woman to realise what her life would have been like if she had been born in Eliza's time and walked in her footsteps." Stitches used are cross over one and two threads, satin, and Algerian eyelet.