In years gone by, many young needlewomen practised their skills and demonstrated their achievements in embroidered samplers. These colourful pieces were initially worked as a reference sheet recording abstract patterns and stitches for future use. But they gradually turned into decorative pictures to be hung on the wall, their alphabets and uplifting verses intended to instruct both the embroiderer and the viewer.
The twenty-six large-format plates in this collection represent all kinds of samplers, in cotton, silk and wool. An authoritative commentary by Susan Mayor and Diana Fowle traces their history from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Samplers will delight and inspire everybody with an interest in needlework, from historians and designers to enthusiastic embroiderers and collectors.
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alphabets amateur AMERICAN SAMPLER band sampler Berlin woolwork berry border black silk border is composed border patterns bowls of fruit brightly coloured wools carnations century Embroidered Christie's New York Christie's South Kensington coloured silks commemorate Courtesy of Christie's cutwork demonstrates early nineteenth centuries early sampler embroidered in coloured embroidered picture embroidered verses embroiderer's home ENGLISH SAMPLER example floral border flowering plants Georgian Hermia inscription JANE BOSTOCKE known dated sampler late eighteenth linen cloth linen ground London many-coloured silks map samplers naturalistic floral naturalistic spot motifs needle nineteenth-century samplers normally pattern books period piece of needlework plate REBECKAH INGERSOLLS red brick house religious verse roses and foliage rows SAMPLER BY ELIZABETH SAMPLER BY MARY sampler is framed SCOTTISH SAMPLER seventeenth century seventeenth-century samplers sewn in coloured silks and depicts Siva Swaminathan Collection sixteenth century spot samplers square in shape stylized technique variety of stitches Victorian whole is framed whole sampler