19th Century English Samplers
Origin and date: Crossover-type, 1819
Linen count and finished size: 35 count, 16″x17-1/4″
Stitches: Entirely in petit point cross stitch (over one thread of linen)
This is an interesting crossover-type needlework design, a sampler in its individual elements of design, but a silkwork picture in its overall shape and presentation. Ann has tried (and quite effectively) to create naturalistic vegetative forms with cross stitch which, on silkwork pictures, are rendered in satin stitch. Originally framed within verre eglomise (reverse painted glass, black with gold highlights) in a gilded gesso frame, the piece is also of historic interest in that the verse actually pertains to the scene depicted above. The piece is stitched entirely in petit point cross stitch (over one thread of linen). There is an acrostic verse in the lower right quadrant of the sampler.