Wool and silk worked on linen ground. This rare form is signed and dated "Lydia Hoopes 3 of 2 month 1771." Lydia (1755-1836) was the daughter of Quakers John and Christina Reynolds Hoopes of Goshenville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. A related piece may be seen on the cover of "Historic Needlework of Pennsylvania" by Margaret B. Schiffer.
Embroidered Sampler Maker: Lydia Headly (born 1793) Maker: Rachel Headly (born 1795) Date: ca. 1805 Geography: Mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania, United States Culture: American Medium: Embroidered silk on linen Dimensions: 20 x 18 3/4 in. (50.8 x 47.6 cm) Classification: Textiles
Dorothy Walpole (1774) - Dorothy was born in New Garden in the Painestown Parish of Carlow, Ireland. On August 25th, 1793, she married Christopher Williams also of New Garden. This was home to a large Quaker community and it seems highly likely that they were from Quaker backgrounds. A number of Quakers from this community had founded a Quaker community in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1712 and named it New Garden.