A New England Sampler Worked on Green Linen, circa 1810
Few samplers were stitched on this unusual dark green linsey woosey fabric that combines linen and wool to create a dramatic dark background color to highlight brightly colored floss. Most of these samplers were made in the coastal towns of Massachusetts up to New Hampshire. Surrounded by a Greek Key border, this unsigned sampler begins with a classic Quaker style alphabet, A through Z, executed in cross-stitch, followed by another in eyelet stitch, the next in rice stitch followed by an alphabet in four-sided stitch. Below the alphabets is a jumble of flowering plants and a bird.
Two groups of initials flank the eyelet stitched letters WXYZ which could represent initials of the maker’s maternal and paternal family members. The initials on the left side are DS, PS, NC, MC, SC, MC, and on the right, they are JF, EF, PF, DC, SS, and LS. This sampler could easily be adapted to include your own family’s initials.
The finished reproduction on our exclusive dark green linen, woven and dyed to match the original New England linsey woolsey, will measure approximately 14″ x 18″, very close to the size of the original sampler, which is in the collection of The Scarlet Letter. The project is recommended for any skill level.
Kit with Cotton Floss, Kit with Silk Floss, Graph and Linen (NO FLOSS), Graph Only, Finished Model