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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in double running 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. 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.

Physical description

Linen embroidered with red and blue silk in alternating bands, showing patterns of various flowers and the alphabet.

Place of Origin

England (made)


mid 17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in double running stitch

Marks and inscriptions

Decoration; embroidering; silk

'A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V W X Y Z'
Bottom band, embroidered in red.


Height: 86.4 cm, Width: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk; English; mid 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.


Linen; Silk



Subjects depicted



Household objects; Textiles; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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