Ann’s beautiful band sampler is highly decorative and even though she “rovght” her sampler three hundred and seventy-four years ago, the colours are still intense today. A vibrant red, a peacock blue, a deep navy blue and a mouth watering selections of greens delight the eye. Band samplers were the traditional “test pieces” worked by young girls. Ann’s sampler or “sam cloth” is a visual catalogue of stitches and comprises of neat rows of patterns that are suitable for repeating motifs to adorn garments and household items. The alphabet at the bottom of Ann’s sampler and her inscription demonstrate her ability to mark household linen.
Whilst we cannot trace Ann in family history records, we believe that she was probably a very young girl when stitched her sampler. It was only thirty years earlier that William Shakespeare died.
Her small size makes this sampler an ideal project for needleworkers wishing to venture into band samplers.
Ann executed her sampler over 3 threads with stitches that are reversible. The original sampler was stitched on linen that was approx. 58/60ct. If you prefer, your sampler could be executed over 2 threads using either reversible or non-reversible stitches.
The model for Ann’s stunning band sampler was stitched using 40 count Straw hand dyed Newcastle linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with a palette of 11 Au Ver à Soie silks from their Soie d’Alger range. The skein quantities listed are based on 1 strand of Soie d’Alger on 40ct fabric.
We have provided conversions for Soie 100.3 based on 1 strand of silk on 46 count linen and DMC based on 2 strands of cotton on 36ct linen.
Stitch count is 155 W x 180 H.
Model was stitched on 40 count Straw hand dyed linen from Weeks Dye Works and stitched with 1 strand of silk thread from Soie d'Alger. Conversions are provided for Soie 100.3 based on 1 strand of silk on 46ct linen and DMC based on 2 strands of cotton on 36ct linen.
We have listed linen amounts based on stitching over 3 strands (similar to the original sampler), although the chart does include amounts for stitching over 2 linen threads as well.
Please check the boxes above to add the chart, linen and threads to your order.
Ann Borrett 1646 from Hands Across the Sea Samplers