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Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1678 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered with silk, with cut work and needle lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Margaret Simeon

  • Museum number:

    T.124-1992

  • 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. This unfinished example is one of a type that combines repeating patterns worked in coloured silks with areas of cutwork (holes that are cut and then bound by stitches) and needle lace stitches.

Physical description

Linen embroidered sampler with coloured silks, cut work and needle lace. In two-sided cross and two-sided Italian cross stitch, with cut work and eyelets.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1678 (dated)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered with silk, with cut work and needle lace

Marks and inscriptions

'1678'
embroidered

'WS'

Dimensions

Height: 67.3 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/524.

Descriptive line

Linen embroidered sampler with coloured silks, cut work and needle lace, England, dated 1678.

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 (material); Silk thread

Techniques

Embroidered; Needle lace making

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Insect; Alphabets

Categories

Household objects; Textiles; Lace; Embroidery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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