c1900 European small square red darning pattern sampler
Darning was an essential household skill for the mending of clothing and bed or table linens, and part of every girl’s needlework education in the 19th and early 20th century. This small sampler is most likely German or Dutch, dating to the period between 1890-1910 and so skillfully stitched that you might find it difficult to tell the front from the back at first glance (the reverse is shown in the last photo). 2 shades of red thread along with a white thread which matches the fabric were used on a creamy off-white linen. The edges are folded under and machine-hemmed.
In excellent condition with no visible flaws. The sampler measures 9-3/8″ wide by 9-1/8″ high. It is unframed and will be shipped flat.