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The Scarlet Letter produces reproductions of the world's finest samplers, found in museums and private collections. Exquisite materials are assembled to recreate these masterpieces of needlework, and kits are complete with detailed instructions and stitch diagrams, enabling the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in centuries past.
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TSL Galleries


Visit our customer gallery to read some of the letters and emails we have received along with photos of finished samplers stitched by our customers. In our awards gallery, you'll see Scarlet Letter Samplers that have won blue ribbons and other awards. The antiques gallery contains many of the antique samplers that have passed through The Scarlet Letter over the years, including many that have been reproduced.


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MAN DOGS AND DEER

Man, Dogs and Deer

Flora and fauna were highly celebrated in nearly all 17th and 18th century pictorial embroideries. Executed entirely in cross or tent (half cross) stitches, the embroidered pictures embellished cushions and furniture and reflected a changing attitude toward domestic comforts, by serving to brighten monochromatic wood and stone interiors.
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A COUPLE IN AN EXOTIC LANDSCAPE

A Couple in an Exotic Landscape

This is an usual early 18th century needlework picture (circa 1730). The formula is similar to other examples: a couple flanking a tree, but it is usually more like a biblical "Tree of Life" with deciduous leaves and fruit, and the couples look more traditionally western. The exotic woman appears to be holding either a zither or a book: the gentleman appears to be playing a pipe as he leans on a sheep crook. All of the traditional elements are there- shepherd, shepherdess, sheep, dog, yet something is odd.
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THE EDUCATED STITCH

The Educated Stitch

The majority of historic samplers that we see today were worked as part of a child's education, many in the home, but the majority worked in the classroom. Seventy eight beautifully photographed illustrations, with text, are in this 71 page full color catalogue. The first 35 purchased will receive a free chart of an English "Puzzle sampler", similar to one illustrated on Plate 40.
$32.00 plus $7.50 for priority postage
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ELIZABETH GRAY

Elizabeth Gray

This English sampler featuring "Sheffield General Infirmary" with stylishly dressed people on either side, above a lawn decorated with animals, will be available in June.
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MARY MOSS

Mary Moss

This simple, sweet, naive English sampler has meandering floral and Greek key borders, centering a large basket of flowers and foliage.
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ELIZABETH EYLES

Elizabeth Eyles

This sweet English sampler is the first I've ever seen with a border made up of flying cherubs. It also features a "geode" (mosaic) parrot- a distinctively stylized bird that appears on other samplers made in England, New England, and the Netherlands throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
More about Elizabeth Eyles.

JANE HOWELL

Jane Howell

This finely stitched sampler has a multifloral border centering an alphabet and numerals in an unusual pyramidal configuration, a verse, and a scene executed in petit point, featuring a cozy cottage flanked by trees and oversized blossoms.
More about Jane Howell.

MARIA TOMLINSON

Maria Tomlinson

Maria Tomlinson, who most likely was born, raised, married and buried in Nottinghamshire, stitched the east front of Wilton House in Wiltshire as it might have appeared in 1841. The house has a long and rich history.
More about Maria Tomlinson.

JANE WALKER

Jane Walker

This lively Scottish sampler features a four sided honeysuckle border with double running stitch flourishes, and eight rows of colorful alphabets including one with intricately illuminated lettering.
More about Jane Walker.

THIRTY DAYS HATH NOVEMBER

Thirty Days Hath November

The depiction of a lazy shepherdess intrigued me when I first saw it in a blurry old illustration of an eighteenth century New England canvaswork picture.
More about Thirty Days Hath November.

ABIGAIL BACON

Abigail Bacon

This sampler could possibly have been made in Connecticut but the surname is quite common throughout New England. Abigail was ten years old when she made her sampler.
More about Abigail Bacon.

NEWEST ANTIQUE SAMPLERS AVAILBLE FOR SALE

These antique samplers are available for purchase. Some of these samplers will be reproduced in the future.




GALLERY UPDATES

We have updated our customer gallery with pictures of Eleanor Parr stitched by Willena and Jennie Bean and Log Cabin stitched by Mary.

MORE NEW ITEMS

If you want to see more items that have been recently added, check out our list of new items. It shows all items that have been added to the TSL website during the past year. You can display the list at any time by clicking on the cherub logo in the right column of any webpage.