Jane Dale 1843

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19th Century English
Jane Dale has stitched a testament to her love of cats (as well as a parrot, a cockatoo, a dog and a deer). Inspired by the naturalistic embroidery style of Berlin work, the motifs are gently and subtly shaded.

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The Victorian image of the cat was a comforting symbol of domestic bliss, and images of their familiar silhouettes appear, sitting contentedly on overstuffed cushions, well into the twentieth century. The cat is well represented in literature of the time, usually as a constant warm companion, or sometimes as a comedian, a predator, a confidant, or a deliciously aloof sphinx.

Talk not to me about your dog,
It is but idle chat.
Give me that calm philosopher
Of hearth and home, the cat.

(Anonymous)

Self sufficient, reassuring, loveable, hilarious, terrifying and mysterious, the mystique of the cat remains enigmatic and regal.

They have pulled out all the stuffing
From my best morocco suite
All my carpets have been ruined
By their scratching little feet;
But I do not mind the damage,
Though it grieves my better-half,
For the world has made me wretched,
And my kittens make me laugh.

(Anonymous)

Jane Dale has stitched a testament to her love of cats (as well as a parrot, a cockatoo, a dog and a deer). Inspired by the naturalistic embroidery style of Berlin work, the motifs are gently and subtly shaded. A dramatic and bold diamond border surrounds the sampler. Stitches used are cross and eyelet. On 35 count linen the reproduction sampler will measure 22″ x 19″.

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