In the fall I posted about this fascinating sampler, which is now held in a private collection. Jane Austen expert Deirdre Le Faye has since added more information. She believes that the sampler was not done by novelist Jane Austen but by a different Jane Austen, possibly “our” Jane’s second cousin.
This week I have posted an article, “Jane Austen’s Sampler: Who Stitched It?” examining the available evidence, at the wonderful website Jane Austen’s World. Come join me there to consider this historical treasure more closely.
Update, March 2020:
A genealogist and embroidery specialist has now found strong evidence that the sampler was not by the novelist Jane Austen, but by another Jane Austen of a lower social class. Read about it at Jane Austen’s World and in detail at “Is This Jane Austen’s Sampler?”
Previous posts on the sampler:
Jane Austen’s Sampler: Praising God (Part 1)