Dating quaker lace tablecloths
They would have been the work, not of children, but of more experienced embroiderers, and some, from their quality, of professionals.
Such stitch and pattern collections may have been assembled in a number of cultures where embroidery for decorative effect was widely practised, our knowledge of early examples depending on the few pieces to have survived in rare cases.
Linen sampler embroidered with silk in double running stitch and pattern darning, by unknown maker, Egypt, 15th-16th century. Their range is extensive in country of origin and style, as well as date, reflecting the Museum’s early and continuing recognition of the contribution made by samplers towards documenting the history of embroidery, its teaching and practice.
Since its earliest acquisition of a sampler in 1863, the V&A has built up a collection of over 700 examples, ranging in date from the 14th or 15th century to the early 20th.
Both of these types are well represented in the Museum’s collection, with over one hundred English examples from the 17th century.
So-called 'spot' samplers, characterised by the randomly placed working of individual motifs, appear closest in intention to the earlier reference pieces.
Of particular importance has been the donation of samplers descended through families, which come with their associated histories, as in the group of six related mid-17th century samplers given by descendants of Margret Mason, a young girl who worked her signed piece in 1660.
It also reflects their widespread appeal to museum audiences, and to private collectors, whose gifts or bequests have significantly augmented the Museum’s collection.
I love hearing everyone’s traditions on how/when/where they get their Christmas trees. They say more than 50% of people in the West display artificial trees, while 26% buy a live one.The one illustrated on the right shows a typical range of motifs, with areas of repeating pattern, some suitable for the decoration of linen or such costume accessories as purses.It also features creatures taken from Richard Shorleyker’s pattern book of 1624, A ‘schole-house, for the needle’, in which he advertises ‘sundry sortes of spots, as flowers, Birdes and Fishes, &c’.The central motif on the Italian sampler, with a design in reserve on a red embroidered ground, was first published in the Esemplario di lavori of Giovanni Andrea Vavassore in 1530 and it is surrounded with border patterns typical of those used in the 16th century for personal and household linen.
Jane Bostocke’s sampler of 1598 is the earliest known example to include an embroidered date.
The selvedges of the linen thus formed the top and bottom edges of the sampler.