This beautiful Quaker band sampler from the early 1700’s is worked with brightly coloured silks on fine linen. Stitches include cross stitch, Algerian eye, satin stitch and Queen (rococo) stitch. The sampler has been rated intermediate due to the variety of stitches, however, the project is an excellent choice for beginners wishing to progress to the next level.
In the early 18th Century the need to learn a great variety of stitches and complex traditional patterns reduced as embroidered costumes and furnishings were replaced by extravagant woven and printed fabrics. The format of English samplers evolved into a squarer shape, reflecting the further changing perception of their purpose. It combined in a single exercise the different stages that a girl would previously have gone through in the acquisition of needlework skills.
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