Amelia Pewmer 1782
Origin and date: England, circa 1782
Linen count and finished size: 35 or 40 count, 17-1/2″x19″ or 15-1/4″x16-1/2″ (please specify your choice)
Stitches: Cross, counted satin, freehand satin
Source: Private collection
Although there has not been the extensive research and study of English Quaker samplers as there has been of their American counterparts, we believe that this sampler was created under the tutelage of a Quaker sewing instructress in England. The fine bleached linen and wide range of brightly colored silks (16 shades) point to a more formal (and British) atmosphere in which it was created. Important design elements linking this to Quaker schools include the lettering style and the use of ligatues (two united letters). The counted thread satin stitched design at the bottom resembles pattern darning also found on Quaker samplers.