Ann Lawle circa 1650
Origin and date: English, circa 1650
Linen count and finished size: 35 count
Stitches: Tent, cross, French knots, double running, stem filling, Montenegrin cross, and satin
Source: The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England
This band sampler begins with a cut and drawn thread pattern of birds derived from Frederico de Vinciolo’s 1587 pattern book, followed by a counted thread satin stitch whitework section. The man and woman flanking the tree have detached buttonhole stitch collars and cuffs that are three dimensional, and they are dressed in the height of cavalier fashion.