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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1696 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mackett, Elizabeth, born 17 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk and linen in cross, two-sided Italian cross, satin, rococo and detached buttonhole stitch, with cutwork and eyelets

  • Museum number:

    433-1884

  • 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 example is one of a type that combine 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

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1696 (made)

Artist/maker

Mackett, Elizabeth, born 17 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk and linen in cross, two-sided Italian cross, satin, rococo and detached buttonhole stitch, with cutwork and eyelets

Marks and inscriptions

'Elizabeth Mackett 1696'
Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1696

Dimensions

Height: 109.3 cm, Width: 24 cm

Object history note

A search on the International Genealogical Index produces only one likely candidate for Elizabeth Mackett; the daughter of Thomas Mackett, christened on 4 April 1681 at Godshill on the Isle of Wight.

Descriptive line

Linen sampler by Elizabeth Mackett, embroidered with silk and linen; English; dated 1696.

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

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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