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Mary Partridge Sampler Kit

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This beautiful sampler is from the Winterthur collection. Mary Partridge's sampler dated 1717, is of British origin and similar to the English band samplers from a century earlier. The fact that it has fewer bands and is shorter and wider in format tells us it dates to the early 1700's.

The original sampler was worked on a wool ground but the reproduction is on linen. The colors in the reproduction have been matched to the back.

The stitches used are cross, cross over one, Montenegrin, double running stitch, satin stitch, eyelet, double running, back stitch (closed herringbone), and diagonal double running back stitch.

H. F. du Pont had a passion for textiles and needlework; as a result, he acquired more than 700 pieces of American needlework for what is now the Winterthur Museum collection.

• Recommended Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

• Thread Count: 40 ct (16 thr/cm) linen.

• Dimensions: 12" x 15".

• Each kit is made by hand, please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.

• Gift wrapping is unavailable for this item. It is made to order and ships directly from the supplier.

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Each kit is made by hand, please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping. Gift wrapping is unavailable for this item. It is made to order and ships directly from the supplier.
Mr. du Pont had a special love for textiles and acquired more than 700 pieces of American needlework for what is now the Winterthur Museum collection. Since his death, the museum has added to the collection through purchases and gifts from generous donors. In 1981 Winterthur acquired the sampler wrought by Mary Partridge.

During the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, young girls were taught needlework skills. Some learned at home while others were sent to schools for instruction by skilled needlewomen. One of the first works that a girl created was a sampler, to learn her stitches.

Mary Partridge’s sampler, dated 1717, is typical of British band samplers of the era, with twelve horizontal bands of embroidered designs and verses. In the wide lower carnation band, Mary blended two colored silk threads in her stitches. It is likely that the sampler was intended to be displayed framed, as Mary did not put her attention to the finishing details on the reverse—where, today, the more vibrant colors provide an excellent window to the past.

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