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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1774 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Church, Eliza (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with silks, chain stitched and darning stitched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss B. Clapham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embroidered sampler of silk darning on linen. With a central embroidered motif in yellow, green and pink silks of two rose buds on one stem worked in outline chain and darning stitch as a filling. There are four similarly embroidered floral sprigs, two with blue flowers (possibly periwinkle) and two red arranged around this. The embroiderers's name 'Eliza Church' and the date '1774' is embroidered in black silk in back stitch below the central motif. Eight crosses are worked in silk and in each corner are natural linen arranged round the edge of the crosses and worked in a combination of blue and yellow, red and green, pink and yellow and red/pink and cream. The hem has a drawn thread edging on four sides.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1774 (dated)


Church, Eliza (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with silks, chain stitched and darning stitched

Marks and inscriptions

'Eliza: Church / 1774'
Stitched in black above a yellow and blue cross


Length: 10.375 in, Length: 26.5 cm, Width: 10.125 in, Width: 25.5 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/148.

Descriptive line

Embroidered sampler of silk darning on linen, made by Eliza Church, England, dated 1774.


Silk thread; Linen


Darning stitch; Chain stitch; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Crosses; Roses; Floral; Leaves


Textiles; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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