Dating quaker lace tablecloths
Both of these types are well represented in the Museum’s collection, with over one hundred English examples from the 17th century.So-called 'spot' samplers, characterised by the randomly placed working of individual motifs, appear closest in intention to the earlier reference pieces.The sampler is from a period of transition in the practical use of such items, between the 16th century and earlier, when they served as a reference piece for a more or less experienced embroiderer, and what gradually became their nature in the 17th century, a method of measuring and recording the maker’s attainment.
I love hearing everyone’s traditions on how/when/where they get their Christmas trees. They say more than 50% of people in the West display artificial trees, while 26% buy a live one. Linen sampler embroidered with silk in double running stitch and pattern darning, by unknown maker, Egypt, 15th-16th century. Their range is extensive in country of origin and style, as well as date, reflecting the Museum’s early and continuing recognition of the contribution made by samplers towards documenting the history of embroidery, its teaching and practice. Since its earliest acquisition of a sampler in 1863, the V&A has built up a collection of over 700 examples, ranging in date from the 14th or 15th century to the early 20th. Of particular importance has been the donation of samplers descended through families, which come with their associated histories, as in the group of six related mid-17th century samplers given by descendants of Margret Mason, a young girl who worked her signed piece in 1660.
It also reflects their widespread appeal to museum audiences, and to private collectors, whose gifts or bequests have significantly augmented the Museum’s collection.
Its inscription commemorates the birth of a child, Alice Lee, two years earlier.