A Flamestich

This sampler is designed after a mid-18th century piece, unsigned and undated, but perhaps made in northern England or in the Scottish borders. The solidly stitched lower half suggests it might have been worked as a rehearsal for a more advanced project, such as a pocketbook, upholstered cushion, chair back, or drapery. The counted thread flame-stitched section is quite simple to execute: it consists of continuously overlapping vertical straight stitches, each one overlapping four threads of linen and overlapping two.

Origin and date: Northern England or Scotland
Rated: Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 15-1/2"x12"
Stitches: cross, eyelet, and straight (flame or Irish stitch).

Kit with cotton floss: $66.00
Kit with silk floss: $140.00
Graph only: $19.00
Finished Model: $895.00