Starry Georgian Embroidered Sampler
This image of a Georgian embroidered sampler is from the blog of the Assistant Curator at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood. It’s quite a simple yet beautiful piece of work.
As mentioned on the Collecting Childhood blog it’s quite an unusual sampler. It doesn’t employ any of the floral motifs or decorative alphabets that are commonplace in samplers even today.
Having been created (although still unfinished) in 1811 it’s clearly inaccurate given the discoveries about the solar system that have been made since. It is however a fascinating marker of a moment in time and to me a lot more appealing than more traditional samplers.
Apparently the design has been transferred onto the fabric with ink to create a pattern for the embroiderer to follow. Recently I used block printing ink to transfer the pattern for my Baba Yaga embroidery onto the fabric. Being a relative newcomer to the world of embroidery my historical knowledge of the field is still a bit patchy. It’s fascinating to see that similar practices were being employed to create embroidered samplers in Georgian times to those which I’ve been using in my own work.
You can read more about this piece on the Collecting Childhood blog.