1930s embroidery stitch sampler

This  English embroidery stitch sampler is a classic style popular in the 1920-30s as shown in Grace Christie’s “Samplers & Stitches” book. A wide variety of stitches and techniques were worked in shiny perle cotton on a neutral grey-beige slubby linen fabric but most prominent are buttonhole and other detached dimensional stitches. The rows in each of the three columns are about 2-1/2″ wide.

“Streatham General Institute 14″ is neatly written on the back and indicates that this was most likely a student’s exam project. The condition is very good with light surface soiling– I think it could be hand washed once removed from the old matting. Some pencil markings are still visible on the fabric.

The sampler measures 11-1/4″ wide by 15″ wide (visible embroidery area is 9-1/2″ by 14”). It is unframed, with the original mat board and backing and will be shipped flat with a protective film wrap.