c1890s French convent sampler of sewing techniques

$595.00

Sewing samplers of this style were commonly worked by schoolgirls in French convent schools but it’s unusual to find one this pretty and in such good condition. Each section represents a sewing or embroidery lesson. From the top down:

Net embroidery; fabric pleating and narrow fabric strips folded to resemble ric-rac with needle-woven motifs; rows of whitework embroidery stitches and hemstitch borders; net embroidery; padded whitework monogram “A” with ivy surround; lace applique on net; buttonhole embroidered floral motif; tape lace insertion; pleated fabric border; tape lace insertion with loose scalloped bottom edge.

The sampler measures 10-1/4″ wide by 35-1/2″ long, completely edged with green silk and still has the original matching silk bows, one at each corner. The condition is very good with only a few small age spots and discolorations in the white areas; the green silk binding has split along the folded outer edge in a few places but it’s hardly noticeable unless you’re handling the sampler. The backing fabric is a light tan silk in good condition except for a few discolored spots where it appears the sampler was glued to a mat board at some point.

It is unframed and will be shipped rolled loosely with acid free tissue in a box. Shipping to US locations is included in the price, and will be billed separately for other destinations. A signature will be required for delivery.

 

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