Elizabeth Eaton finished her sampler on the 21st of July in 1712. She used bold, primary colors suggestive of Scottish influence. The original sampler was stitched with both silk and fine wool threads on linen using cross, eyelet, rice, queen, herringbone, double running and bargello stitches. The best clue as to the sampler’s origin is in the name of (presumably) her teacher- Anne Comberbeatch. Many spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo-Norman names. The “Comberbatch” name appears in many forms after the eleventh and twelfth centuries, after the Norman/French language was introduced into a country where old and middle English had few if any spelling rules, and the official languages of the court were French and Latin. The variation of this surname is first found in northern Cheshire in a small village dating back to the twelfth century. It’s possible that Anne Comberbeatch was Elizabeth Eaton’s instructor in 1712, judging by the style of the sampler: the colors, the motifs,and the materials used suggest it was likely made in northern England. The simple verses are:
Remember thy creator in the days of thy youth
Love the Lord and he will be a tender father unto thee
On 40 count linen the finished reproduction sampler will measure approximately 10″ x 18″. It is recommended for more advanced needle workers.
KIT WITH COTTON FLOSS $90.00
KIT WITH SILK FLOSS $148.00
FINISHED MODEL (unframed) $850