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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, two-sided Italian cross and padded Romanian detached buttonhole stitch

  • Museum number:

    516&A-1877

  • 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. There are at least two very similar samplers known in other collections, and this may be an early example of a particular school or teacher's influence. 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.

Physical description

Linen sampler embroidered with silk made up of two parts joined together.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1600-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in double running, two-sided Italian cross and padded Romanian detached buttonhole stitch

Dimensions

Height: 93.9 cm, Width: 20.3 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk; English; first half of the 17th 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.

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Embroidering

Categories

Household objects; Textile

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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