The well is adapted from the New Testament story of the woman at the well. An ancient symbol of victory, the wreath also symbolized the victory of Christian redemption. Moravians considered their boarding schools an opportunity to “plant the good seed” of Christian theology. Embroidery patterns with symbolic biblical meaning were one of the methods used to accomplish this goal.
“This sampler was done by Christina Spach (later the wife of John Vogler) when she was twelve years old. The sampler exhibits several of the motifs that were poplular in Salem samplers in the early nineteenth century. The central ring of flowers encircling initials or a date, the water well, and the rectangular vertical pedestal bearing the initials of the grils’ parents are sometimes used in combination with flowers and trees and flower baskets.” (Welshimer in Bivins and Welshimer, MORAVIAN DECORATIVE ARTS IN NORTH CAROLINA, 1981, p.59).