Eliza Patton

Irish Samplers

Eliza Patton


Belfast, Ireland


This is a uniquely composed piece. Darning was a common skill taught to girls from almost all walks of life, but it is unusual to see it combined with fine bands and alphabets. Finely wrought Greek key bands are above and below the alphabet section. Eliza has stitched a very prominent "procession of crowns" from K(ing) to E(arl), which is followed by the darning section, verse, and signature.

Size (W x H): 8 1/2 x 17 inches

Stitches: Cross, eyelet, darning, cross-over-one

Media: Silk on linen


We located an Eliza Patton, born in 1800 to Robert Miller Patton and Jane/Jean Ramsay in Donegal, Ireland. Donegal is about 90 miles from Belfast. There are lots of Fetherstone's in Ireland, but none in Belfast, yet. Research is on-going.


Teach me to feel anothers woe
To hide the faults I see
That mercy I to others show
That mercy show to me

This day be bread and pece my lot
All else beneath the sun
Thou knowst if best bestowd or not
And let thy will be done

Worked at Miss Fetherstone School by Eliza
Patton Belfast May 13 1813

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(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)