This is a sampler based on an American sampler from the school of Polly Balch, Providence, R.I. as published in Treasures in Needlework. These samplers have become well known as coming from one of the few identifiable schools of needlework in America in the 1700s. The most striking features of this group are the architectural elements. The striped columns, and usually a notable building ,are flanked by pots sprouting vines flowering in an impossible array of flowers and berries w/blossoms. Many varied colors of silks were used, in an impressive array of stitches, including satin, rice, cross, cross-over-one, queen and long and short stitch. In this recreation [not a true reproduction], alternating running stitches shade the sky in pale lavender, and rows of alternating tent stitch fill in the floral borders background in deep green.
I started this a long time ago, and have gotten bogged down in the over-one section (I hate to stitch over-one). The top photo I found somewhere on the net..someone has finished it..I wish it was me! The second and third pics are of my work. It was designed by Sandy Orton for TIN magazine, spring 1993.