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The first known dated English sampler was made by Jane Bostocke in 1598 to celebrate the birth of her daughter Alice Lee, and you can see this exquisite embroidery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This work, although 16th century, is not a band sampler but more a spot motif sampler, covered with random motifs in a variety of stitches and shades, and including metal threads, pearls and beads.In the 17th century the style changed to more spot samplers, which included random motifs worked in coloured threads. These could be used on costumes, bed hangings or other furnishings. My spot motif sampler is pure self indulgence - these pretty little motifs have been collected from old samplers over the past thirty years and I love them! Worked in pure cross stitch it is a joy to stitch.

The kit includes the 32-count Belfast linen or 16-count aida, pre-sorted threads, wrapped needle, chart and instructions


Size: 8.5 x 10.5inches

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