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the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in
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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 Sampler - New Reproduction Sampler
It's rather a generic title but in fact this sampler was directly inspired by an American sampler stitched by Alice Drinkwater,
age 11, circa 1815, titled "The Sampler", and formerly in the collection of The Scarlet Letter.
The Sampler is available now.
Updated April 26, 2013
Five "New" Antiques
Five "new" antique samplers are now available for purchase. Christy Clark is
a very finely stitched English sampler with the theme of the four seasons dated 1809.
Elizabeth Forfitt is a very finely stitched English sampler with alphabets
and three verses at the top, with a scene featuring
a large and elaborately detailed flower flanked by two enormous butterflies, within a four sided floral and Greek key border.
is an exquisitely stitched classic Scottish sampler featuring illuminated letters, an arcaded floral band,
traditional motifs including peacocks, birds drinking at the Fountain of Life, feather trees and family initials.
This sampler will be available as a charted reproduction later this year.
Margret Nisbet is another beautiful Scottish sampler circa 1770.
She is nearly identical to her sister sampler, Katie Sym, dated 1769, down to the near matching original frames.
Harriot Hammond, dated 1811, is an English Adam and Eve sampler. This wonderfully busy sampler
is filled with many traditional and some quite unusual motifs.
Updated May 2, 2013
Sarah Dutnel Reproduction Sampler
At age nine in 1818, Sarah Dutnel created this
unusual "tree of life" sampler. This reproducion sampler kit and chart are now available.
Updated April 26, 2013
A Dozen New Scissors
Would you like a new pair of scissors? We've just added a dozen unique styles
including an angel, cat snips, cross, owl, storklette, swordfish and more. Price for each is $12.00.
Updated March 30, 2013
Scarlet Letter's Christmas Sampler
Inspired by designs from 18th century English, Scottish and American samplers, we have designed a
sampler with a holiday theme that makes use of the bold, unfaded colors found on the reverse side of many antique samplers,
where exposure to light has not altered their original brilliant hues.
The Scarlet Letter's Christmas Sampler is available now.
Updated March 5, 2013
Mary Wilson - New Reproduction Sampler
This English band sampler exhibits transitional elements of design spanning the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
The work is signed "Mary Wilson born June the 20 1711" and is now available.
Updated March 2, 2013
The Manifesto - New Reproduction Sampler
Designed after an early eighteenth century tent stitched picture, this expansive needlework scene depicts many episodes in the life
of an affluent English family. This piece was stitched in full cross stitch on 40 count linen, measuring approximately 19" x 30".
It is executed entirely in cross stitch and is available in silk or cotton. More information and detailed pictures of
The Manifesto are now available.
Updated January 18, 2013
Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year
Nicola Parkman is doing an online SAL (stitch-a-long) titled Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year at:
http://scarletletteryear.blogspot.co.uk to celebrate her 50th birthday.
You can participate by stitching and finishing one or more Scarlet Letter samplers between now and February 20, 2014.
Those who post about their progress during the year will be eligible for monthly prizes. Each finished sampler will give you an
entry in a grand prize drawing to be held on February 20 2014. It will be lots of fun to see what the participants are stitching
and watch their progress throughout the year.
Updated January 11, 2013
We've updated our customer gallery with a picture of Marie Abbott stitched by Ilana Kaye.
March 21, 2013
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.