Wrought in the "English style," the elegant band format found on the needlework sampler embroidered by Ann Almy belongs to the earliest group of Newport, Rhode Island samplers worked between the 1720's thru the late 1760's. The bold central floral motif, decorative bands, numerals, dividing bands, and verses are repeated on other examples found during this time frame. This important early design was worked under a still un-identified instructress. The Almy sampler is documented in the book "American Samplers" by Bolton and Coe. The Ann Almy sampler is in the textile collections of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Ann Almy was the daughter of William Almy and Elizabeth Cranston born in 1722. She married Walter Chaloner in Trinity Church on July 28, 1743. He was commander of Fort George and then High Sheriff of the British colony of Rhode Island. The Chaloners' were loyalists to the English crown and evacuated to Nova Scotia, Canada as refugees of the American Revolution. From there they moved to St. John's, New Brunswick where he then became Justice of the Peace. Together they were the parents of ten children. Ann passed away in 1808 in Canada and is buried in St. John's.
This sampler reproduction is worked on 32 count linen using 25 hues of D.M.C. Floss and measures approximately 7" x 18 1/2". Full directions and illustrations are given for the different embroidery techniques as found on the original sampler. Those used are, Cross Stitch and it's many variations, Queen Stitch, Algerian Eye, and accents of Double Running.
We have spent about 6 hours doing a conversion from DMC floss to Soie d'Alger silk thread. Please check the box above if you would like the Soie d'Alger added to your order.