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The story behind the reproduction of Jessie Watson is not one about the little girl who stitched the original sampler. Instead, it is one about a special friendship and an extraordinary needleworker who, with a little help from her friend and her own great determination, overcame huge hurdles to stitch again.
The followers of HATS will recognise the names Isabella Uffindell and Eliza Bell Cox. Both models were stitched by J Lee Halpin. J Lee has always been an important member of our team. Not only a superb stitcher, J Lee has an amazing eye for colour and a deep font of stitching knowledge. A long-time sampler lover J Lee was a member of the Loudoun Sampler Guild and the Mid-Hudson chapter of the EGA.
In August 2018 J Lee suffered a major stroke. Her dear friend Lisa sensed something was wrong when J Lee failed to make direct contact or interact in the needlework groups on social media. Through Lisa’s concern for her friend the alarm was raised, and J Lee was found.
The road has been a long and arduous one but with the support and encouragement of her friends J Lee is here with us today.
J Lee no longer has use of her dominant hand so has had to re-learn to stitch one handed. Lisa has been there supporting her friend every step of the way. Together they have found solutions to problems, such as how do you thread a needle one handed.
Jessie Watson is J Lee’s first completed sampler since her stroke. A truly staggering achievement. We are so very proud and honoured to present this perfectly stitched sampler to you. It represents so much from which we can all learn and take heart.
J Lee has also completed a further model, which will release later this year, and is currently stitching a third. There is no stopping her now!
Always remember that no hurdle is insurmountable; with courage and determination, a person can overcome anything.
“Many of you know me as Kirby Bentley, some as Jessie James but my real name is Janie Lee Halpin, J Lee for short. Two years ago, I had a stroke, leaving me paralyzed on my right side and unable to speak. All my PT sessions are doing good and I love all my therapists. I was happy yet something was missing, a void.
Then one of my friends set me up with a K’s frame, a needle and thread. Like magic! I was whole again. A calmness I’d not felt since August of 2018. I WAS STITCHING AGAIN!
Stitching is my life but my friends, both near and far, saved me. They cradled me with their love! Never underestimate the power of love. There’s nothing like it!” ~ J Lee Halpin, January 2021
Jessie’s sampler is suitable for needleworkers of all abilities. The stitches used are cross stitch over two threads, eyelet stitch and three satin stitches.
This delightful sampler stitched on 24ct linen with wool by Jessie Watson charmed us from the first glance. Unfortunately, Jessie did not include a date or a location on her sampler, so we have not been able to identify her in family history records. However, we do know of another sampler that has an almost identical house and heart that was stitched in 1816.
Sometimes when researching a sampler, we have to look to the motifs for clues as to the identity of its young maker. We believe Jessie’s sampler to be Scottish.
With our grateful thanks to J Lee Halpin who lovingly and painstakingly stitched the model of Jessie’s sampler. Our gratitude also goes to Lisa Brown for all her background support. At the very core of Hands Across the Sea Samplers there is a team of needleworkers who are passionate about antique samplers and being able to share those samplers with you.
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