17th Century Reproduction Sampler Kits

The seventeenth century is considered the Golden Age of samplermaking in England. Samplers made during this period exhibit extensive stitch variety in combination with sophisticated designs and use of color. In some examples counted thread stitches on linen were combined with panels of floral, geometric, or figural cut and drawn work: a technique whereby the background threads of linen are carefully cut and drawn away to reveal the desired pattern. Distinctive motifs emerged during this period, among them the Boxer, a corrupted human form derived from putti in Renaissance art. The figure is in a pugilistic stance, often holding a fruit or a flower aloft. Other patterns used derived from Frederico de Vinciolo's 1587 pattern book Singuliers et Nouveaux Pourtraicts, including bird motifs as seen in the Side by Side band sampler of 1675, and in Ann Lawle's band sampler of circa 1650. Other popular motifs include oak leaves, honeysuckle, carnations, roses, Stuart S motifs, peas in a pod, pansies, strawberries, daisies, acorns, cherries, fleur de lis, artichokes, grapes, and diaper motifs. This group of samplers is among the most challenging we offer.

Samplers are in alphabetic order by the title or last name of the stitcher. To search the list for a word or phrase, type it in the box below and click the search button. For example, type ann to find all samplers with the name ann in the title. Type a to find all stitcher's last names or titles starting with the letter A.

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Joanna Warren
17th Century Samplers
Origin and date: England, 1655
Rated: Advanced
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 7-1/4"x25-1/2"
Stitches: Satin, Queen, buttonhole, detached buttonhole, double running, cross, Montenegrin cross, eyelet, and running
Source: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
Kit with cotton floss: $90.00
Kit with silk floss: $165.00
Graph only: $20.00
Finished Model: $1500.00

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Martha Wilkins
17th Century Samplers
Origin and date: England, 1699
Rated: Advanced
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 6"X20"
Stitches: Ubiquitous cross, Montenegrin cross, algerian eyelet, double running satin, back, seeding, eyelet, some whitework techniques.
Source: Privately owned
Kit with cotton floss: $70.00
Kit with silk floss: $120.00
Graph only: $20.00
Finished Model: $1250.00

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Ellenor Wykes
17th Century Samplers
Origin and date: England, 1656
Rated: Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 7-1/2"x29"
Stitches: Cross, double running, counted satin, and Montenegrin cross
Source: The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England
Kit with cotton floss: $84.00
Kit with silk floss: $140.00
Graph only: $30.00
Finished Model: $1600.00

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