Susey Oliver 1754
Origin and date: England 1754
Linen count: 35 count
Finished size: 10-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ (very close to the size of the original)
Stitches: Double running, long arm cross, four-sided, eyelet and counted satin
Source: Private collection,The Scarlet Letter
At first glance one would assume this sampler was made in Scotland because of the unusual illuminated letters but upon closer inspection Susey has given credit to her teacher “Maryan Robinson of Bradford.” Bradford is in North Yorkshire, close to the border with Scotland. Susey’s teacher might well have been educated in the needle arts in Scotland.
The moralistic text reads as follows: