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McIntosh Samplers, Arelate Studio, Hillside Samplings, Merrily Beams & Of Female Worth sold exclusively through 1884 Stitchery
Ottavia Mentessi was born April 2, 1884 in Roggio, Italy. Her grandmother taught her to knit when she was four or five years old, while sitting on a hillside watching the sheep.
Ottavia is my great-grandmother and, I believe, I got my love of needlework from her. A pair of knitted socks for my great-grandfather and an apron she made and wore decorate my studio and I smile at the craft we share.
1884 Stitchery is dedicated to her and the imprint she unknowingly left on me.
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