c1900 Queen’s stitch small sampler with metallic accents


Very unusual early 20th century “sampler” worked on fine canvas– it reminds me very much of the stitch samplers shown in Grace Christie’s classic book “Samplers & Stitches,” so I suspect it may be of English origin. &’ high by 7-1/4′ wide on a ground fabric similar to modern day Congress Cloth (24 count canvas).

The threads appear to be silk, both a stranded floss and a twisted perle-type, with a fine silver thread blended into one of the background colors. The most remarkable feature is the use of Queen’s stitch, which rarely makes an appearance outside of more traditional schoolgirl samplers. There are sections of pulled thread work, pulled eyelet stitches and an interesting interlocking Gobelin stitch used for the background behind the central floral motif.

Condition is very good; no damage or stitch loss, threads appear to have retained their colors. Edges have been folded to the back and a square of muslin fabric was sewn by hand to cover the back of the work. There’s a little very light soil along the edges and fabric backing. This is a charming and very choice addition to your collection.