Red and White Plain Sewing Sampler,

Red and White Plain Sewing Sampler,

France, circa 1900

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size: 38” x 10” (including tabs) • sold

Throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century, European schoolgirls continued to learn the skills necessary to mend, darn, mark and decorate household textiles and clothing. This is a delightful example of that work. The anonymous needleworker demonstrated various techniques, some of them relatively advanced, including pattern darning, knitting, drawn-work, buttonholes and four different types of patching. See below for close-up photos as well as a view of the back. This is a long, unframed sampler, worked in cotton on linen. It is in excellent condition.

Detail of bottom of sampler

 

Detail of middle of sampler

 

Detail of top of sampler

 

Detail of back of bottom of sampler

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