Along the banks of Bayou Black in Terrebonne Parish Stands the majestic pink and green manor known as Southdown. Built in 1828, sugarcane was the principal crop grown and the house was named for a breed of sheep imported from England....the Southdown sheep. Today Southdown serves as a museum featuring original 19th century furnishings, photographs & artifacts, sugarcane history, and a native people artifact collection and history. It's also the site of a Huge arts and crafts fair/fundraiser once a year. My mom would always bring me along as she peddled her crafts and oil painting of the swamps.
This sampler features the historic home surrounded by Southern Live Oak trees and sitting on the bank of Bayou Black. The border depicts delicate cotton blossoms, another major crop grown in Louisiana. My great grandfather and his 17 children were sharecroppers who picked cotton in south Louisiana during the depression. In the middle of the sampler is a Fleur De Lis representing Louisiana. There is a large cast iron sugar kettle that was used to boil the sugar can juice as part of the process of turning it into sugar. A band of sugar cane sits at the bottom of this sampler with the Southdown sheep grazing amongst them.
The model was stitched on 38ct Legacy linen in Eiderdown. Special thanks to Accents, Inc for lovingly framing this for me.
See photo for flosses used