Miniature Reproduction Sampler Kits

Genuine miniature samplers-not fragments of larger pieces or excerpts from full-sized samplers- are quite rare. The most common sort feature either monochromatic alphabetic and numeric tests, or even a simple, short, sentimental verse. The former type, sometimes called "plain work," usually originated in a working class school setting where young girls learned the means of self support. Small samplers like this were occasionally bound into small volumes, and today are more often found plundered, individually, rather than in their original book format. The latter type of miniature was often a presentation piece. Girls and women gave each other gifts of their handwork- a meaningful sentiment then as well as now. The antique miniature samplers that we have reproduced demonstrate a variety of "functions" that are still useful today: as mementos, as gifts, even as learning exercises. As the original samplers were invariably stitched with silk floss on linen or varying thread counts, we have assembled these kits to match the original materials in every way. All of these are recommended for beginning to intermediate level needleworkers.

Samplers are in alphabetic order by the title or last name of the stitcher. To search the list for a word or phrase, type it in the box below and click the search button. For example, type ann to find all samplers with the name ann in the title. Type a to find all stitcher's last names or titles starting with the letter A.

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ABCD 1817
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: Scotland, 1817
Linen Count: 30 count
Finished size: 2-3/4"x3-1/4"
Stitches: Entirely cross stitch in six shades of silk
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $15.00
Graph only: $5.00

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Cutwork Miniature
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: English circa 1800
Rated: Beginning to Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 35-count, 5-1/4"x4-7/8"
Stitches: Cross and tent
Kit with silk floss: $30.00
Graph only: $5.00

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Dear Aunt
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: England, circa 1820
Linen count/finished size: 35 count, 3-3/4"x4-1/4"
Stitches: Cross stitch
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $18.00
Graph only: $5.00

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Gratitude
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: Probably England, circa 1820
Linen count/finished size: 40 count, 2"x 2-1/2"
Stitches: Cross, satin in gold, brown, green, rose, cream silks
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $14.00
Graph only: $4.00

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N. Hinde
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: England, (Lancashire) 1778
Linen count/finished size: 35 count, 1-1/2"x2-1/2"
Stitches: Cross stitch
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $15.00
Graph only: $4.00

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HR to MAP
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: England, 1820
Linen count/finished size: 40-count, 2-1/2"x4"
Stitches: Cross, satin
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $17.00
Graph only: $5.00
Finished Model: $125.00

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Huswif
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: England, circa 1825
Linen count/finished size: 40 count, 4"x3-1/2"
Stitches: Tent or cross
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $40.00

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Miniature English
Miniature Samplers
Rated: Beginning
Linen count and finished size:
Stitches: Cross
Kit with silk floss: $17.00
Graph only: $5.00
Finished Model: $75.00

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My Beloved
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: England, circa 1780
Linen count/finished size: 35 count, 2-1/2"x4-1/2"
Stitches: Cross, satin, lazy daisy, stem, back
Source: Private collection
Rated: Beginning
Kit with silk floss: $30.00
Graph only: $5.00

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The 1840 Miniature Sampler
Miniature Samplers
Origin and date: Possibly American, 1840
Linen count: 25 count
Finished size 2-1/2"x4-1/2"
Stitches: Cross, satin
Source: Private collection
Kit with silk floss: $14.00
Graph only: $4.00

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