Not currently on display at the V&A

Sampler

1600-1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Sewing was an important skill for a woman in the 17th century and was taught to girls of all classes from an early age. Plain sewing - hemming and seaming - was of particular value for the production of underclothes and basic household linens. Only a privileged few, however, were able to afford the time and materials for embroidery. There appear to have been a number of accepted markers in the development of a competent needlewoman. This is an example of a band sampler, the first step in the development of skill. A sampler illustrated the range of stitches and techniques that the girl had mastered. This example is finely worked with very neat small stitches and well-balanced and executed flowers and patterns. It does not, however, display a great variety of techniques, using mainly cross and tent stitch to achieve this elegant effect.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered in silks on linen
Brief Description
embroidered silk linen, 1600s, English; Bands of motifs
Physical Description
Band sampler in coloured silks on linen incorporating tent and cross stitches to form bands of geometric and floral patterns.
Dimensions
  • Length: 62.5cm
  • Width: 19cm
Subjects depicted
Summary
Sewing was an important skill for a woman in the 17th century and was taught to girls of all classes from an early age. Plain sewing - hemming and seaming - was of particular value for the production of underclothes and basic household linens. Only a privileged few, however, were able to afford the time and materials for embroidery. There appear to have been a number of accepted markers in the development of a competent needlewoman. This is an example of a band sampler, the first step in the development of skill. A sampler illustrated the range of stitches and techniques that the girl had mastered. This example is finely worked with very neat small stitches and well-balanced and executed flowers and patterns. It does not, however, display a great variety of techniques, using mainly cross and tent stitch to achieve this elegant effect.
Collection
Accession Number
9-1874

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record createdJanuary 2, 2007
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