Ann Greanawalt Sampler - Silk Floss Kit
A sampler from The Scarlet Letter historical sampler collection.
This is an early 19th century American marking sampler, worked in silk on unbleached linen.
A sampler like this was probably worked at home for a girl to learn her marking stitches for use later in initialling the family's valuable linens. It is a sampler in every sense of the word, offering the challenge of working various stitches. The last line, AG SAMPLER MAY, is perhaps her shorthand version of Ann Greanawalt's sampler finished in May.
Origin and date: New England, circa 1800
Linen count/finished size: 35 count, 5"x8". Kit contains fabric, silk thread, needle and instructions. Suitable for all levels.
Stitches: Cross, eyelet, back, satin, stem, herringbone, gobelin
Source: Private collection