Eliza Tagg 1775

Eliza Tagg

Norfolk (England) samplers are a unique species, characterized by either a stepped lozenge cartouche, as in this example, an elaborate floral border (usually embroidered freehand but not in Eliza Tagg's sampler), and a horizontal row of joined octagons filled with various floral or animal motifs. A nearly identical Norfolk sampler was made by Eliza Dearn in 1768 and is illustrated in Joanne Martin Lukacher's book Imitation and Improvement: The Norfolk Sampler Tradition. Eliza Dearn stitched the same verse and embroidered the border around the stepped lozenge in cross stitch as well. The popular verse is:

Next unto God dear Parents I Address
My self to you in Humble Thankfulness
For all Your Care and Charge on me Bestow'd
The means of Learning unto me Allow'd
Goe on I Pray and Let me still Pursue
Those golden Arts the Vulgar never knew


Stitches used in the sampler are cross stitch, petit point, and counted satin. On 40-count linen the reproduction will measure approximately 11 3/4"x 14 1/2". It is recommended for any skill level.

Please note that the lines on the perimeter of the graph should be ignored. They were printed for position only and should not be stitched.

View the original antique sampler.

Kit with cotton floss: $75.00
Kit with silk floss: $126.00
Graph only: $18.00