18th Century English Reproduction Sampler Kits

The English sampler underwent its most dramatic transformation during the eighteenth century, as its form gradually followed its function. No longer solely a pattern record, samplers were evolving into frameable art in their own right. A more pictorial format emerged throughout the eighteenth century. Borders, verses, and pictorial scenes replaced the long pattern bands of the seventeenth century. Until about the last quarter of the eighteenth century, stitch variety, symmetry and technical expertise were paramount in English needlework. Great genius was exhibited in many of these samplers, demonstrating that they were more than mere alphabetical exercises in monotony. Like American samplers of the nineteenth century, stitch variety declined and, with rare exceptions, only the cross stitch prevailed on later, simpler works.

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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Elizabeth Rawlins
18th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: English 1735
Rated: Advanced
Linen count and finished size: 40-count, 18"x14-1/4"
Stitches: Cross, tent, eyelet, counted satin, lazy daisy, chain, diamond eyelet, four-sided, back, stem, and smyrna cross
Kit with cotton floss: $69.00
Kit with silk floss: $115.00
Graph only: $15.00
Finished Model: $1200.00

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M. Rees
18th Century English Samplers
Kit with cotton floss: $133.00
Kit with silk floss: $196.00
Graph only: $30.00

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AP 1737 Rising Doves
18th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: England 1737
Rated: Intermediate (not difficult, just time-consuming)
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 10-3/4"x9"
Stitches: petit point tent stitch
Source: The Scarlet Letter
Kit with cotton floss: $95.00
Kit with silk floss: $195.00
Graph only: $15.00

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Seventeen Sailors
18th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: England, circa 1780
Rated: Beginning
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 12-3/4"x9-3/4"
Stitches: Cross, satin, stem
Source: Private collection
Kit with cotton floss: $40.00
Kit with silk floss: $80.00
Graph only: $10.00

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Shepherd and Shepherdess
18th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: England, 1790
Linen count/finished size: 25 count, each one 3-1/2" square
Stitches: Cross, back
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss, blue velvet backing (two samplers): $35.00
Graph only: $6.00

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Shepherd and Shepherdess with Jacob Sheep
18th Century English Samplers
Please specify 35 or 40 count linen when ordering the kit
Kit with cotton floss: $72.00
Kit with silk floss: $148.00
Graph only: $18.00
Finished Model: $1500.00

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Elizabeth Simon
18th Century English Samplers
Linen: 35 count
Rated: Intermediate
Finished size: 13-1/2" x 16-1/2"
Kit with cotton floss: $62.00
Kit with silk floss: $109.00
Graph only: $14.00
Finished Model: $900.00

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Mary Simson
18th Century English Samplers
Stitches: Cross, counted satin, double backstitch, diagonal double backstitch, back stitch, stem, and Algerian eyelet.
Linen: 35 count
Rated: Advanced
Finished size: 19"x15-1/2"
Kit with cotton floss: $74.00
Kit with silk floss: $137.00
Graph only: $12.00
Finished Model: $950.00

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Ann Smith
18th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: England, 1767
Rated: Advanced
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 16-1/2"x15-1/2"
Stitches: Cross, tent, Algerian eye, stem
Source: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
Kit with cotton floss: $65.00
Kit with silk floss: $137.00
Graph only: $25.00

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Sophia's Sampler
18th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: English circa 1780
Rated: Intermediate to Advanced
Linen count: 35 count
Finished size: 17-1/4"x19"
Stitches: Cross, counted and freehand satin, back stitch
Kit with cotton floss: $75.00
Kit with silk floss: $150.00
Graph only: $18.00

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