Thursday, October 11, 2012

As I am working on the Mother's sampler, "Sweeter Love" I have come to realize that neither the capital letter alphabet, nor the lower case alphabet has the letter J.  I thought I could rework the pattern, but with my two fellow stitchers thought that might throw it off completely.  So I guess we will be J-less, pretty weird right?


  1. J is not a commonly used letter in the English language (apart from proper nouns) maybe that is why it is not included.

  2. i took a look at the photo and it isn't weird to see, the i is in there.
    I guess it will be as lovely with or without the J.

    Hugs Yvon.

  3. Interesting.... you mean back in the day, I'd be oyce and you'd be oy???? ROFLMAO!!!!!!!

  4. Do our names go on it anywhere? Will I forever have a sampler with Serenity and ames?

  5. Talked to Gina at Stitcher's Paradise and she said that in some of the antique samplers it was not uncommon to see missing U's and K's. Since these were a way for children to learn stitching and the alphabet it was not that unusual. But it does make me wonder about Plum this a reproduction?
    The Crone

  6. A bit late in the day, but I hope this still helps :) !

    Lettering samplers often included upper and lower case letters, the numbers from one to ten, and a verse, usually religious. If you look at the earlier samplers you will see different lettering styles, even some with letters missing. The early Latin alphabet only had 23 letters and Old English was strongly influenced by the Romans.

    The "W" wasn't used, "U" and "V" and "J" and "I" were interchangeable. The J began to have its own distinctive look around 1820. Sometimes you would see the "Q" worked as a reversed "P". The "Z" was often just left out since it was seldom used.