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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instructions and stitch diagrams, enabling the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in centuries past.
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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 antiques gallery contains many of the antique samplers that have passed through The Scarlet Letter over the years, including many that have been reproduced.


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ANN CARBUTT

Ann Carbutt

So many unusual and enigmatic features were left by Ann Carbutt on her sampler, made when she was sixteen years old, very likely in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Her work is more free form, with an unusual firmament stitched across the top fifth of the sampler which includes a blood red sun, a rainbow (the first I've ever seen on a sampler), the moon and stars. Most fascinating to me are the verses.

COMING SOON

Here is a segment of what will become another magnificent needlework picture in the style of the late seventeenth century. The working title is "Peacock and Unicorn", and we're hoping for a finish before Christmas.

Peacock and Unicorn Peacock and Unicorn
Peacock and Unicorn Peacock and Unicorn Detail

ELIZABETH MASTERTON

Elizabeth Masterton

This busy sampler is likely Scottish. It features a grand mansion house similar to those depicted on many Scottish samplers, with a gated lawn and sheep in front, flanked by peacocks. More about Elizabeth Masterton..

SUSANNA PARKER

Sussan Parker

English band sampler consisting of rows of alphabets, vowels, numerals, pattern bands, verses and crowns, executed in cross, petit point, stem, satin and eyelet stitches. More about Susanna Parker.

"NEW" ANTIQUES

Several unusual antiques are now available for purchase.


MARY HOOD

Mary Hood

This English sampler retained its vibrant original color when I acquired it, having been conserved and de-accessioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While the ground suffered many small holes, the needlework itself was still in brilliant condition. It features bold- original!- primary colors in its four sided floral border, verses, and scene with a lovely but asymmetrical brick house with dormer windows, flanked by trees. More about the Mary Hood reproduction.

CAMEL AND LION - REPRODUCTION SAMPLER

Camel and Lion

This design was inspired by an early eighteenth century English needlework picture executed in tent stitch: a magnificent example of the art of "needle painting" by the meticulous employment of silk threads on fine linen. This exotic scene illustrates foreign creatures new to the English people. More about the Camel and Lion reproduction.

M. REES - REPRODUCTION SAMPLER

M. Rees

This elaborate English sampler features a fearsome tiger beneath a tropical plantation house or gazebo, covered in lush trellises and vines. This was probably stitched in either Africa or India (more likely the latter) by a British girl whose father was in the employ of an enterprise such as the East India Company, as the sampler was made before British rule in India but during the period when the EIC flourished there (1757-1858). More about M. Rees reproduction.

SAXON ALPHABET SAMPLER - REPRODUCTION SAMPLER

Saxon Alphabet Sampler

This partial German band sampler (the lower half was evidently removed at some point in its journey to the 21st century) was probably made in Saxony, in the area of Dresden, as the style resembles others that The Scarlet Letter have reproduced from that region More about Saxon Alphabet Sampler reproduction.

M. REES - ANTIQUE SAMPLER

M. Rees

This elaborate sampler featuring a fearsome tiger, a plantation house covered in trellises and tropical vines, a peacock, a pea hen, rooster and butterflies, was probably stitched in Africa or India by a British girl. More about M. Rees antique.

"NEW" ANTIQUE SAMPLERS

The Scarlet Letter has several antique samplers for sale. Some of these will be reproduced in the future, but are available for purchase.


ELIZABETH HICKS 1745

Elizabeth Hicks

This beautiful. petite, energetic sampler expressed three fine verses and, at the end, one of the truest "signatures" I've ever read on a piece of needlework. More about Elizabeth Hicks

MOSES IN THE BULRUSHES

Moses

This beautiful depiction of the Old Testament story of Moses was likely made in the late seventeenth or very early eighteenth century. The lively mix of biblical story has been interpreted by the needle worker through her contemporary lens (note the rambling red brick late Tudor/early Stuart buildings and the fashionable clothing of the women-apart from their rather clumsy sandals) as they gather the baby from the river. More about Moses in the Bulrushes.

ESTHER CHARLTON

Esther Charlton

This English sampler features imposing, symmetrical red brick mansion houses flanking Adam and Eve and the Tree of Life in the upper register. Esther Charlton finished her sampler when she was fourteen years old.

PALLA

Palla

This small textile originally made in the late 15th or early 16th century, is called a "palla" (chalice cover), stitched on a linen ground. The center show the face of Christ with a golden halo, framed by a narrow guilloche band and a large Latin inscription in Gothic lettering which translates as "Hail the holy face INRI the Redeemer." More about Palla.

ROSE SHENAMON MITCHELL 1816

ROSE SHENAMON MITCHELL

Rose's unusual middle name should have provided some clues about where she was born, and where she lived, but the name "Shenamon" is elusive despite my efforts to discover its origins as well as hers. It is spelled many different ways when researched (including Shinimon and Schinnamon which suggest a Germanic origin, or perhaps even Hebrew). From the stylistic characteristics of her work, she was obviously schooled in Scotland in 1816 when she stitched this sampler. More about the Rose Shenamon Mitchell sampler.

MARY GREEN

Mary Green

What an amazing sampler this is, with text interspersed with elaborate motifs in a wide variety of stitches. Mary Green made this sampler at Mrs Lear's school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, demonstrating a high level of skill using cross, satin, stem, petit point, queen, straight and back stitches for a variety of unusual motifs including two enormous birds flanking a Solomon's Temple, and a sailing ship. with one sailor aboard.

Gallery Updates

We have updated our customer gallery with pictures of Eleanor Parr stitched by Willena and Jennie Bean and Log Cabin stitched by Mary.

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.