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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in back and long-armed cross stitch

  • 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. They would have been the work, not of children, but of more experienced embroiderers, and, to judge from the quality of samplers like this one, of professionals too.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in back and long-armed cross stitch


Height: 80 cm, Width: 47 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk; Italian; 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.
'True Stitch: early samplers and the use of double running stitch' by Jennifer Wearden in Hali Issue 112, September/October 2000, pp. 92-97


Linen; Silk


Embroidering; Weaving

Subjects depicted

Dragons; Flowers


Embroidery; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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