Stuff Samplers And Tapestry Embroideries
by Marcus Huish
ISBN-10: 0486220702
ISBN-13: 9780486220703
Dover Publications, Inc.
Soft Cover
Pages: 176
Language(s): English
Very Good - Very light cover and edge wear; spine lightly sunned; PO name on ffep.

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The embroidered sampler, as a pattern or example from which to learn varieties of needlework, flourished as an art form in England from the late Middle Ages to the early 19th century. At the height of its popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries it usually displayed colorful ornaments and inscriptions, serving as a means of displaying both moral precepts and the adeptness of its creator.

A general introduction to samplers and related tapestry embroidery is provided in this delightful and profusely illustrated book - an outgrowth of an exhibition of samplers and British embroidery at the Fine Art Society in London in 1900. It covers the art from it earliest existing artifacts dating from around 1640 to its decline in the early 1800's.

The author, with numerous quotations and illustrations explains many different aspects of the content of the samplers: legends with which they were inscribed; verses commemorating religious festivals (especially Easter); verses referring to life and death - most embroidered, sadly enough, by young ladies not yet in their teens; verses expatiating on virtue or vice, wealth or poverty, happiness or misery, and so on. Text and illustrations explore the variety of designs, ornament and coloring that went into the samplers, with human figures, animals, flowers, crowns, hearts, etc., and include a few map samplers (some of them highly amusing) and some American samplers. Many beautiful embroideries in the manner of tapestry pictures are also illustrated, and the author discusses their historical significance as mirrors of fashion.

A concluding section on stitchery explains the techniques used in embroidery - background stitches, raised needlework, knot stitches, purl, etc. - as well as the materials and implements used.

Current interest in samplers is high among collectors, and in this book they will find a well-illustrated introduction to the field. But Mr. Huish's book will also serve admirably as a pictorial treasury of the popular sentiment of the 17th and 18th centuries.