And All Was For An Appil, An early Seventeenth Century Canvaswork Picture
Origin and date: England, circa 1610
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 13-1/4″x16-3/4″
Stitches: Entirely in cross stitch with the verse in counted satin stitch
Source: Derivative design
No An early Adam and Eve legend was a more popular theme on samplers after the early eighteenth century, which is why this earlier example is quite rare and unusual. This canvaswork design was adapted from a rather primitive grospoint canvaswork picture, showing a guilty pair in their newly profaned garden. Oversized birds, insects and animals stand transfixed around them drawing focus to their loss of innocence. Even the fearsome sun and groggy moon convey their displeasure and shock.
Silk Floss, Cotton Floss, Graph Only, Finished Model