Amelia Pewmer Sampler circa 1782
A sampler from The Scarlet Letter historical sampler collection.
Although there has not been the extensive research and study of English Quaker samplers as there has been of their American counterparts, it is believed that this sampler was created under the tutelage of a Quaker sewing instructress in England. The fine bleached linen and wide range of brightly coloured silks (16 shades) point to a more formal (and British) atmosphere in which it was created. Important design elements linking this to Quaker schools include the lettering style and the use of ligatues (two united letters). The counted thread satin stitched design at the bottom resembles pattern darning also found on Quaker samplers.
Linen count and finished size: 35 or 40 count, 17-1/2"x19" or 15-1/4"x16-1/2" (please specify your choice). Kit contains fabric, silk or cotton thread, needle and instructions.
Stitches: Cross, counted satin, freehand satin
Source: Private collection