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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1640-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk and with cut and drawn threadwork

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In their earliest form, samplers were put together as personal reference works for embroiderers. They were trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from others, and records of particular effects achieved that could be recreated again. This is a type known as a band sampler. With the composition of band samplers comes the first clear indication in England of the form being used as a method of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. This example is one of a type that combines repeating patterns worked in coloured silks with areas of cutwork (needle lace stitches based on a woven ground, from which areas have been cut away).

Physical description

Linen; the top half with bands of motifs embroidered with silk in a variety of stitches including cross stitch, the bottom half with cut and drawnwork

Place of Origin

England (made)


1640-1680 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk and with cut and drawn threadwork

Subjects depicted



Embroidery; Lace


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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