Sarah Harvey 1737
Origin and date: Possibly American
Linen count and finished size: 40 count,
Stitches: Cross, eyelet, and stem
The original band sampler from which this design was reproduced could be American, although we are not certain. The linen is homespun, the silk flosses, vegetable dyed in a very subtle earthy palette. It is finely executed, yet naive enough to have been home-made, or colonial-made. An unusual technique has been employed to give the birds and surrounding foliage smoother, free-flowing edges: they are first filled in with regular cross stitches, then outlined with stem stitch. Unusual letter and numeric forms occur on this sampler: e.g. the number 3, and the letter forms for lower case w and f. On 40 count linen, the reproduction sampler will be the same size as the original sampler.