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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instructions and stitch diagrams, enabling the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in centuries past.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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Remember Now Thy Creator
Scottish Girls Samplers, 1700-1872

Remember Now Thy Creator

A new book Remember Now Thy Creator Scottish Girls Samplers, 1700-1872 is now available. This amazing, over size hard cover book is a dream come true for admirers of Scottish samplers. It is lavishly illustrated in color and no sampler library will be complete without it.
Updated November 17, 2014

Eleanor Parr - Antique Sampler

Eleanor Parr

The original Eleanor Parr antique sampler is available for sale. Her sampler is executed with wool threads on linen in cross, petit point and stem stitches and is in very good condition.
Updated October 29, 2014

Barbara Hendarson - Antique Sampler

Barbara Hendarson

Another wonderful Scottish "mansion house" sampler, Barbara Hendarson's sampler begins with a beautiful stem and satin stitched freehand vine and ribbon upper border above a verse.
Updated October 29, 2014

Elizabeth Mitchel - Antique Sampler

Elizabeth Mitchel

This quintessential Scottish sampler, Elizabeth Mitchel, is stitched with fine silks on linen with an industrious use of stitches including queen, petit point, back, cross, counted satin, stem and turkeywork. The sampler will be available as a chart/kit in early 2015.
Updated October 29, 2014

The Four Angels Mourning Sampler - Reproduction Sampler

The Four Angels Mourning Sampler

Mourning pictures were not an uncommon art form in England and America during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Evolving from European commemorative art honoring deceased heroes, mourning pictures were a cherished way to remember loved ones, designed to hang in the most important public rooms of the house. The Four Angels Mourning Sampler has been left blank at the lower center in order to allow the needle worker to design his/her own memorial for their loved one who has passed. Available now.
Updated October 29, 2014

Eleanor Parr - Reproduction Sampler

Eleanor Parr

Eleanor Parr created this amazing and unique sampler some time before 1835. Her extraordinary sampler, employing only cross stitch, petit point and stem filling stitches, is a magnificent testimony to what the simplest stitches can accomplish given creativity, motivation and of course access to some very good materials. Available now.
Updated October 29, 2014

E. Bose 1859 - Antique Sampler

E. Bose 1859

E. Bose is a monochromatic German sampler that could have been stitched either in Germany, or by an immigrant Catholic German girl.
Updated October 10, 2014

Antiques ON SALE!

Mary Wilson

Four antique samplers are ON SALE to make room for a new group of antiques. Mary Wilson, the German Sampler, Eliza Tremlett and L. Whitear are all on sale at reduced prices.
Updated October 29, 2014

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 $5.00 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

IES 1704 - Reproduction Sampler

IES 1704

IES 1704 is an intricate and involved sampler which features many traditional German sampler motifs dating from the sixteenth century including a large parrot, a peacock with silver tips on its wings, the Lamb of God, as well as a depiction of the Crucifixion flanked by Mother Mary and Mary Magdalen. There are many elaborate floral and geometric pattern bands, three alphabets and a set of numerals in unusual styles.
Updated August 19, 2014

Hanna Katerina - Reproduction Sampler

Hanna Katerina

Hanna Katerina is a finely stitched German sampler begins with a single row of alphabets above an immensely intricate collection of symbolic cross stitched motifs. On 40 count linen the reproduction will come closest in size to the original: 15-1/2" x 17". It is recommended for intermediate level needle workers. The charts just arrived from the printer, so it is available now.
Updated August 7, 2014

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

Gallery Updates

We have updated our customer gallery with a picture of Coraggio stitched by Donna Demers.
June 9, 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.