Welcome to The Scarlet Letter


The Scarlet Letter produces reproductions of the world's finest samplers, found in museums and private collections. Exquisite materials are assembled to recreate these masterpieces of needlework, and kits are complete with detailed instructions and stitch diagrams, enabling the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in centuries past.
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Our Scarlet Letter Years


Our Scarlet Letter Years is a place for samplers lovers to meet, chat, share their stitching and samplers, support each other and appreciate the reproductions and original designs of Marsha Parker.


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TSL Galleries


Visit our customer gallery to read some of the letters and emails we have received along with photos of finished samplers stitched by our customers. In our awards gallery, you'll see Scarlet Letter Samplers that have won blue ribbons and other awards.


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Mary Hammand - Reproduction Sampler

LM-AM

In the early eighteenth century samplers began to evolve from long vertical bands into more rectangular shapes. They began to incorporate more pictorial and scenic images and scenes such as those found on seventeenth century canvas and stumpwork pictures. Alphabets, numerals and verses prevailed but the sampler evolved both as an exercise in needlework technique as well as a vehicle for creative artistic expression. Common themes were scenes based on biblical stories, but the popularity of bucolic, pastoral scenes increased. Mary Hammand's sampler/canvas work piece melds these themes with a traditional sampler at the center surrounded by pastoral images on either side of it.
Updated August 27, 2015

LM-AM - Reproduction Sampler

LM-AM

This sampler, probably made in Germany, retains its vivid original color on the front of the sampler. Three bands of roses surround rows of alphabets and numerals above a stylized Chinoiserie pagoda flanked by palm trees. The sampler is dated 1829, followed by the initials LM and AM.
Updated July 16, 2015

Mary Ann Canby 1821 - Antique Sampler

Mary Ann Canby

Mary Ann Canby is a spectacular English sampler elegantly executed in fine silk, containing a variety of finely worked motifs and text both in counted and free form techniques.
Updated July 11, 2015

Sophia Irish 1819 - Antique Sampler

Sophia Irish

Worked at M. Newick's school, Hinton St. George, when she was eight years old, Sophia Irish features two large flying cherubs above the Lord's Prayer, which is flanked by pillars covered with twining ivy, two large potted trees.
Updated July 11, 2015

Fanny M. Forister 1828 - Antique Sampler

Fanny M. Forister

Fanny M. Forister is very likely from Massachusetts and is framed in what could be the original frame (not pictured). It features two elegant houses at the top, three alphabets, a sawtooth satin stitched four sided border, and floral borders on the right and left.
Updated July 11, 2015

Martha Allis - Reproduction Sampler

Martha Allis

On the 16th of June 1755 Martha Allis, daughter of Quakers John and Anna was born in Shad Thames in the Parish of St. John's in Southwark. Martha Allis stitched this sampler in 1770 when she was 15 years old. Please see the sampler description to learn more about Martha and her family.
Updated May 12, 2015

Katharine Mitchel circa 1785 - Reproduction Sampler

Katharine Mitchel

Katharine Mitchel, a Scottish sampler is a riot of brilliant color and intricate motifs, from the Scotsman in his kilt playing a traditional dulcimer (which looks like a butter churn) in the upper left, to an elaborate mansion house fronted by a three dimensional turkeywork lawn in the lower right.
Updated April 13, 2015

TSL Newsletter

TSL Newsletter

A few times a year, The Scarlet Letter sends a newsletter by email. The April 2015 newsletter has just been sent. If you did not receive it, you can view it here. If you would like to receive your own copy of future TSL Newsletters, please fill out our subscription form.
Updated April 15, 2015

Here Be Drolleries and other Books from Arelate Studio

Here be Drolleries

The book "Here Be Drolleries" is no longer available from The Scarlet Letter in hard copy format, but you can order it in PDF format directly from Arelate Studio. Contact Nancy Spies at snspies@aol.com to purchase any of the Arelate Studio books.
Updated May 2, 2015

Chimneypiece - Reproduction Sampler

Chimneypiece

The last Chimneypiece kit has been sold. The only thing I have left is instructions and sampler drawings. I'm offering those for $10.00 each and quantity is limited. The drawing of the sampler is done by hand and is not a complete graph of the sampler.
Updated September 13, 2014

Gallery Updates

We have updated our customer gallery with a picture of Amy Ball stitched by Jill Lyons.
June 30, 2015

Our Scarlet Letter Years Blog and Gallery

In 2013 over 230 stitchers took up the challenge to stitch a Scarlet Letter sampler.

Between us we have managed 160 finishes stitched by people all around the world from experienced stitchers with walls full of Scarlet Letter samplers to the newbies who finished their first piece just for this challenge.

Originally the blog was set up just for the year but as so many would like to continue with the group we are carrying on and will now be known as "Our Scarlet Letter Years". It is a place for samplers lovers to meet, chat, share our stitching and samplers, support each other and appreciate the reproductions and original designs of Marsha Parker.

More about Our Scarlet Letter Years

Updated March 7, 2014

More New Items

If you want to see more items that have been recently added, check out our list of new items. It shows all items that have been added to the TSL website during the past year. You can display the list at any time by clicking on the cherub logo in the right column of any webpage.