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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1681 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucun, Margreet, born 1671 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk in cross, two-sided Italian cross, long-armed cross, satin and detached buttonhole stitch, with eyelets

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A. L. Dixon

  • Museum number:

    T.214-1911

  • 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. Some band samplers, like this one, combine repeating patterns worked in coloured silks with areas of whitework.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1681 (made)

Artist/maker

Lucun, Margreet, born 1671 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk in cross, two-sided Italian cross, long-armed cross, satin and detached buttonhole stitch, with eyelets

Marks and inscriptions

'Margreet Lucun 1681 being ten year old come july the first'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1681

Dimensions

Height: 43.2 cm, Width: 26.7 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler by Margreet Lucun, embroidered with silk; English; dated 1681

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

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Alphabets

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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