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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1661 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Short, Elizabeth, born 17 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with silks, linen and metal threads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Q. A. Toogood, in memory of C. R. Abbott, OBE

  • Museum number:

    T.131-1961

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

During the 17th century in England, samplers developed from personal reference works for embroiderers, containing trials of patterns and stitches, to methods of instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. While many of the girls who embroidered these samplers would not have expected to have to work for their living, the needlework skills they were learning would be important skills in the future management of their households and the personal adornment of their families and themselves.

The embroidery is worked with silk, linen and metal thread in back, cross, two-sided Italian cross, satin, plaited braid and detached buttonhole stitch, with cutwork.

Physical description

Sampler of linen embroidered with coloured silks, linen and metal threads in back, cross, two-sided Italian cross, satin, plaited braid and detached buttonhole stitch, and with cutwork. At the top is a band of flower ornament in a chevron arrangement with, below, a man and woman on either side of a tree. One of the flowers and the man and woman, and the ground on which they stand were first worked in cross and eye stitches and then further elaborated by detached buttonhole fillings made separately and stitched down the top. Below this are a band of cutwork, six coloured borders and two whitework border designs.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1661 (made)

Artist/maker

Short, Elizabeth, born 17 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with silks, linen and metal threads

Marks and inscriptions

'Elizabeth Short 1661'
Embroidered at the bottom

Dimensions

Height: 62.2 cm, Width: 20.3 cm, Height: 24.5 in, Width: 8 in

Descriptive line

Sampler of linen embroidered with coloured silks, linen and metal threads, made by Elizabeth Short, England, dated 1661.

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 thread; Metal thread

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Figures

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Images Online; Embroidery; Interiors

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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