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17th Century Samplers - Article from the V&A

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9 November 2011

17th Century Samplers - Article from the V&A

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/s/samplers-stitches-techniques/

The part I like best, apart from all the interesting information and the pretty images, is the poem :

" In 1688 the following list was published to explain 'The School Mistris Terms Of Art For All Her Ways Of Sowing':'A Samcloth, vulgarly a Sampler
Plat-stitch, or single plat-stitch which is good on one side
Plat-stitch, or double plat-stitch which is alike on both sides
Spanish stitch, true on both sides
Tent-stitch on the finger
Tent-stitch in the tent
Irish stitch - Back-stitch
Fore-stitch - Queens-stitch
Gold-stitch - Satin-stitch
Tent-stitch upon satin
Fern-stitch - Finny-stitch
New-stitch - Chain-stitch
Bread-stitch - Fisher-stitch
Rosemary-stitch - Mow-stitch
Whip-stitch - Cross-stitch
Raised work - Needlework Pearl
Geneva work - Virgins Device
Cut Work - Open cut work
Laid work- Stitch work and through stitch
Lap work - Rock work
Frost work - Net work
Purle work - Tent work
Finger work
All of which are several sorts and manners of works wrought by the needle with silk…'.

........." The clearest exposition of both name and form is to be found in Mary Thomas’s ‘Dictionary of Stitches’, 1934, and in the index she usefully groups stitches according to their function. The great variety of stitches has evolved because each stitch has a particular function."
Lots lots more including technical tid-bits, but I'll let you read it, if you are interested :-)

(gotta have a piccie!)

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Rachel said...

All those fantastic stitches, and yet by the late Victorian era samplers were all in cross stitch. One of the few areas of life in which the Victorian passion for pattern and embellishment seems not to have triumphed...

Friday, November 11, 2011  
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