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Margaret Hawdan Sampler Kit

Winterthur Licensed Product!

The exquisite sampler worked by Margaret Hawdan is part of a small yet important grouping of early Boston samplers. This grouping also includes various motifs that can be found on early Newport, Rhode Island, samplers worked between the early 1720s and the 1730s. There are only a relatively small number of these embroideries that are known at the present time.

Margaret’s sampler, along with the other known examples, raises many questions concerning the origin and the location of their design elements for needlework historians. The design elements of this grouping of Boston and Newport samplers of this early period are very similar. Margaret was the daughter of James Hawdan and Joanna Leach. Her father was a very wealthy Quaker merchant in early Boston. He may have had ties to commerce in Newport as well. Little genealogical information is known about Margaret.

The sampler is worked on 35-count linen using D.M.C. floss. The embroidery techniques are cross stitch, cross stitch variation, satin stitch, long-armed cross, double running, back stitch, and other accent stitches.

• Made in the USA.

• Skill level: Intermediate

• Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

This kit accompanies "Embroidery: The Thread of History" A Winterthur Conference, October 19–20, 2018.

Whether made for pleasure and enjoyment or learned as a skill to earn a living, embroidery has served as a type of historical record with the delicately stitched “documents” chronicling the past and present for the future. Join Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, designers, and fellow “textilians” for lectures and hands-on workshops as we consider needlework as historian.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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