Frances B Jones 1817 Sampler
An historical design from The Scarlet Letter Sampler Collection.
The characteristic that readily identifies the origin of this sampler is the distinctive vine and rose border, configured such that a leaf on one side and a rosebud stem on the other give the illusion of a double vine. It is almost always found executed in cross stitch (ref: illustration p. 478 in Girlhood Embroidery by Betty Ring). The original sampler was stitched with silk thread on a loosely woven homespun linen ground. The Quaker "Extract" format is flanked by, what is assumed, the names of Frances's parents, while four sets of initials outside the verse cartouche might be those of a teacher, a friend, or another relative.
Stitches used include cross, counted satin, and a small amount of Queen stitch (two strawberries).
Kit contains 30 count linen, silk or cotton thread, needle and instructions.
Finished size: 21-1/2"x19"
Scroll down to see close up pictures of sections of this piece and also a picture of the original sampler.