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Two alphabets (no J or U); initials L.D.; geometric designs and small birds.

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in England, Europe


Linen plain weave with silk embroidery in marking cross, back, satin, couching, split, double running, eyelet, long-armed cross, Roumanian, stem, four-sided, needle-weaving, spider, and buttonhole stitches and French knots

30 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (78.1 x 17.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969

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From at least the sixteenth century, samplers served as personal pattern records of embroidered stitches and designs for women and girls, and were an important part of feminine education. A sampler’s motifs, which could be expanded upon during its maker’s lifetime, would be adapted for decoration on clothing and household linens. This sampler is embroidered with at least two dozen different stitches; its ordered linear design is typical of samplers of the late seventeenth century.