Sunday, May 07, 2017

The Poignant Cross-Stitch Of Elizabeth Parker

'As I cannot write I put this down simply and freely as I might speak to a person to whose intimacy and tenderness I can fully intrust myself.' 
Thus begins a sampler sewn by young Elizabeth Parker who left home at age 13 to become a nurserymaid for employers who treated her 'with cruelty too horrible to mention'. Elizabeth’s words are formed of tiny cross stitches, in stark red on a plain linen ground. She breaks off mid sentence – "what will become of my soul" – followed by blank space.

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