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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instructions and stitch diagrams, enabling the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in centuries past.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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NEW ANTIQUES! Click Here! Or scroll down past the samplers below and see four amazing new antiques.

JANE DALE

Jane Dale

Jane Dale has stitched a testament to her love of cats (as well as a parrot, a cockatoo, a dog and a deer). Inspired by the naturalistic embroidery style of Berlin work, the motifs are gently and subtly shaded.
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MARY ANN CHAMBERLIN

Mary Ann Chamberlin

18th century English sampler features the Lord's Prayer in the upper half surrounded by flying cherubs, carnation "trees", dogs, rabbits and birds, in a bold palette of strong primary colors.
More about Mary Ann Chamberlin

ELIZABETH CHEETHAM

Elizabeth Cheetham

This is a pleasantly quirky, colorful sampler likely stitched in the north of England circa 1824 judging by some of the Scottish influences in the design. More about Elizabeth Cheetham

ANN JONES

Ann Jones

In the upper register of this finely stitched English sampler there is featured an unusual vignette of Adam and Eve beneath the tree of life (with a menacing black faced serpent) flanked by mirror image brick cottages (his and hers?), followed by a pious verse. More about Ann Jones

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.
More about Man, Dogs and Deer

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.
More about A Couple in an Exotic Landscape

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
More about The Educated Stitch

NEWEST ANTIQUE SAMPLERS AVAILABLE FOR SALE

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


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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.