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FRANCES CHURCH - The Scarlet Letter
Chart only. Can be worked on either 35 or 40 count linen, finished design size 19-1/2"x17-1/4" or 17"x15"

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This unusual English sampler, with its wonderful collection of sentimental vignettes, is a rare example of a later type of pattern record. We have never seen another sampler like this, with such carefully arranged, and finely executed oval-shaped motifs, in tidy , symmetric rows. Perhaps Frances meant to replicate them on pincushions, handkerchiefs, or mementoes for her friends. It's a fabulous collection of embroidered sentimental virtues. The original sampler, in the collection of Kathy Seifert, was stitched with silk floss on fine linen. Some of the lettering style, and the naturalistic floral motifs, reflect the influence of Berlin patterns, yet the materials used in this sampler are not.

Stitches used are cross, and double running. The original sampler measures 15-1/4"x13-1/4".

The Scarlet Letter's reproduction, stitched on 40 count linen, will measure approximately 15-3/4"x16-3/4".

The sampler is recommended for any skill level.
Origin and date: English 1840
Linen count and finished size: 40 Count, 15-3/4"x16-3/4"
Stitches: Cross and Double running

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