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the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in
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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.
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.
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 October 20TH, 2014.
Updated October 8, 2014
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 October 30TH, 2014.
Updated October 2, 2014
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!
Six antique samplers are ON SALE to make room for a new group of antiques. Elizabeth Forfitt, Katie Sym, Mary Wilson, the German Sampler, Eliza Tremlett and L. Whitear are all on sale at reduced prices.
Updated September 15, 2014
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 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 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
Jesus Wept - Reproduction Sampler
By popular request, I have decided to reprint the sampler Jesus Wept. It will be available again at the end of June.
Jesus Wept is a rare two-sided miniature sampler circa 1820. Available now.
Updated June 27, 2014
Mary Ann Drought - Antique Sampler
Mary Ann Drought is a very unusual Irish sampler. The top third could pass as Scottish with the illuminated alphabets and beautiful, delicate double running stitch motifs. An unusual band of ten lozenges is stitched under the alphabets, each with a different petit point motif within in. The lower half of the sampler is dominated by a large altar with a basket on top of it, from which spring flowers and vines. It is signed "Mary Ann Drought Droughtville Forest 1807".
Updated May 23, 2014
Eliza Tremlett - Antique Sampler
Eliza Tremlet is an English sampler in excellent condition, virtually unfaded in rich shades of blue, red, green, gold, cream and black silks on a finely woven tammy ground. The sampler measures 12" x 15-1/4". This sampler bears a resemblance to one of our reproductions titled "Grazing Sheep".
Updated May 23, 2014
A German Sampler - Antique Sampler
A German Sampler has been added to the antique section. This intricate and involved sampler features many traditional German sampler motifs dating from the sixteenth century The initials "IES" and date 1704 are repeated below the first alphabet, so it was signed and dated in at least two separate places. See the detailed description and photos for more information.
Updated May 6, 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
We've 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.