Costume and Textiles
Two alphabets (no J or U); initials L.D.; geometric designs and small birds.Made in England, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, English
Linen plain weave with silk embroidery in marking cross, back, satin, couching, split, double running, eyelet, long-armed cross, Roumanian, stem, four-sided, needle-weaving, spider, and buttonhole stitches and French knots
Currently not on view
1969-288-3Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969
LabelFrom at least the sixteenth century, samplers served as personal pattern records of embroidered stitches and designs for women and girls, and were an important part of feminine education. A sampler’s motifs, which could be expanded upon during its maker’s lifetime, would be adapted for decoration on clothing and household linens. This sampler is embroidered with at least two dozen different stitches; its ordered linear design is typical of samplers of the late seventeenth century.