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BRISTOL POCKET KIT

This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$35.00

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CAMBRIDGE POCKET KIT

This pocket is based on an original that was remade from an existing piece of embroidery. Because of this, the slit for the pocket is cut through the finished embroidery as was the original. This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$45.00

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DEERFIELD POCKET KIT

This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$35.00

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HATFIELD POCKET KIT

This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$40.00

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NEWPORT POCKET KIT

This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$40.00

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PORTSMOUTH POCKET KIT

This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$45.00

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SALEM POCKET KIT

This kit comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$45.00

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WETHERSFIELD POCKET KIT

This colorful pocket follows the tradition of a central motif rising from a mound or pot and dates from the early to mid 18th century. As with all our pocket kits this one comes complete with hand drawn pocket design to imitate walnut ink on linen, linen pocket back, linen tape, binding, crewel wools, needle and instructions.

$45.00

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SCOTTISH & AMERICAN
MINIATURES/PINCUSHIONS

Pincushions have been made and given as tokens of love for centuries, their main purpose of keeping precious pins and needles safe from breaking long since supplanted by this more affectionate role. Three of the block designs at the bottom of the IGR 1749 sampler looked like they might have been intended to be pincushions, so we have excerpted them in this kit, and turned our miniatures into pincushions. (The kit is supplied with instructions for turning them into pincushions, although the materials - backing and stuffing - are not supplied.) The fourth design has been adapted from a circa 1770 American pocketbook in which the maker worked her name, the date, and a short verse into this charming multicolored checkerboard pattern. Ours says: Remember well and bear in mind a faithful friend is hard to find, with space for your own initials and that of a dear friend on the last line. The vignettes vary in size.

Rated: Beginner

Linen count and finished size: 30-count (our exclusive weave) 3-1/2" square to 4-3/4" square
Stitches: Cross and rice stitch
Source: Private collections

Kit with silk floss only: $30.00
Graph only: $8.00

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Origin and date:
Scottish & American 1749
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new SUSANNA LANE 1776

Susanna's sampler exhibits many characteristics typical of eastern Massachusetts samplers of the last quarter of the 18th century, including the geometric trellis-like border, the sawtooth satin stitch inner border, and the distinctive shape of the central flowerpot.
Created at the high point of the American Revolution, the original sampler was worked on homespun unbleached flax linen, as finer, imported fabrics were either impossible to find then, or were so heavily taxed as to be beyond the financial means of most colonists.

Rated: Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 25-count 16" × 16 3/4"
Stitches: Cross, back, eyelet, herringbone & Satin

Kit with Cotton floss $38.00

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Origin and date: 1776
Sampler by Susanna Lane 1776
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ABBIE LUCAS CIRCA 1770

This sampler came to us from a descendent of the maker, whose genealogical records went back only as far as early 19th century Connecticut to one Elizabeth Lucas, whose great aunt Abbie made this "before the war". This bit of information had been passed along orally in the family and there is no written record of where Aunt Abbie lived or died. A very similar piece is pictured in American Samplers by Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe. It is unsigned but dated 1775, and depicts a tree with apples in which appear meaningful words such as: PARDON, VICTORY, SANCTIFICATION, BAPTISM, REFUGE, SECURITY, PROMISES, etc. The existence of this similar dated sampler reinforces the oral family tradition.

The figures on Abbie's sampler are more primitive than those on the 1775 sampler which suggests an earlier date. The verse is from Psalms 1 and is illustrated by the scene set above it: He shall be like a tree planted by the waterside that bringeth forth his fruit in due season. Flanked by caped, winged and harp-playing angels, the sun above proclaims PEACE and the apples in the tree announce various Christian virtues. Abbie worked her name in one of the apples: humbly, in a much paler shade which is difficult to read. The piece requires only cross stitch (one over two threads of linen) to complete. The silk ribbon and rosettes are not included in the kit but are available separately.

Linen 25-count, unbleached
The Scarlet Letter exclusive weave
Finished size: 11 1/4" × 14"
Rated: Beginner to Intermediate

Kit with silk floss $72.00 Sale Price $44.99

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Origin and date: Connecticut 1770
Sampler by Abbie Lucas 1770
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new SALLY MORSE CIRCA 1790

This sampler comes from Searsport, Maine, and is typical of so many small American marking samplers that have survived. Made of sturdy unbleached homespun linen and stitched with vegetable-dyed silk, a stylized three-sided strawberry border surrounds alphabets, numerals and an inscription, over a more ambitious floral motif.

Rated: beginner
Linen count and finished size: 30-count 5" × 7"
Stitches: Cross, counted thread satin
Source: Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA.

Kit with silk floss: $17

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Origin and date: Maine 1790
Sampler by Sally Morse 1790
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MARY EATON 1763

A New England (possibly New Hampshire) sampler with multiple borders surrounds an upper reserve with alphabets and the attribution, above a fanciful scene depicting a sheep and a bull facing off on opposite mountaintops. The original sampler has quite a lot of freehand, satin and stem stitch work, which is how we stitched our model; however, instructions and graphs are also provided for stitching the entire sampler in just cross stitch (it looks wonderful either way). The more challenging and authentic version requires cross, freehand, and counted satin, stem filling, backstitch, French knots.

Rated: Beginner
Linen count and finished size: 30-count, 11 1/2" × 15 1/4"
Stitches: Cross, satin back, French knots
Source: The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

Kit with cotton Floss $32.00
Kit with silk floss $53.00
Graph only $7.00

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Origin and date: New England 1763
Sampler by Mary Eaton 1763
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new N. HINDE 1778

A plain work sampler, probably English (Lancashire), cross stitched over one thread of 35-count hand-dyed linen.

Linen count and finished size: 35-count 1 1/2" × 2 1/2"
Stitches: Cross stitch

Kit with silk floss $12.

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Origin and date: English 1778
Sampler by N Hinde 1778
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JEAN SCRIMGEOWR 1779

Reproduced from a brilliant Scottish sampler of 1779, this piece is finely worked. Stylized pansies across the top symbolize the Holy Trinity, while doves near the center perch on the Fountain of Eternal Life. Adam and Eve stand beneath their umbrella-shaped tree, surrounded by various heraldic motifs including a peacock, dogs, and crowns.

Begin the high celestial strain my raivshed (sic) soul and sing a solemn hymn of grateful praise to Heavns Almighty King

Rated: Intermediate
Linen count and finished size: 35-count, hand-dyed, 17" × 15"
Stitches: Cross, double running, back and Upright Gobelin Source: Private collection

Kit with cotton floss: $41.00
Kit with silk floss: $75.00
Graph: $7.00

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Origin and date: Scottish 1779
Sampler by Jean Scrimgeowr 1779
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RUTHEY MACKAY CIRCA 1780

A very pretty, nicely balanced, quirky little American marking sampler, Ruthey distinguished her work by stitching the large, graceful flower in the lower third, flanked by eager little birds. The last two digits of the date disappear under the edge of the frame, which perhaps Ruthey did not mind much in later years as it kept her true age a mystery.

Rated: Beginner
Linen count and finished size: 25-count 131/2" × 10 1/2"
Stitches: Count, sawtooth, satin, eyelet
Source: the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

Kit with cotton Floss $27.00 Sale Price 17.99

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Origin and date:
New England, circa 1780
Sampler by Ruthey MacKay 1780
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HANNAH BREED 1756

This American band sampler was originally worked in Lynn, Massachusetts. Rows of lettering are intermixed with rows of sheep and cows, a verse and floral bands. The verse reads:

Hannah Breed is my name
New England is my station
Lynn is my dwelling place and
Christ is my salvation
Aged 9

Rated: Intermediate
Linen Count and finshed size: 25-count 10" × 22"
Stitches: Eyelet, satin, long arm cross
Source: Private Collection.

Kit with cotton floss $35.00
Kit with silk Floss: $60.00
Chart only $7.00

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Origin and date: Lynn, Massachusetts, 1756
Sampler by Hannah Breed 1756
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All-American Sampler Classic

Counted cross-stitch sampler. Includes 14-count Aida cloth, Anchor floss, needle, graph, history, and instructions.

$7.50

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Quilt Pattern Cross-Stitch Bookmark

Excellent beginner's counted cross-stitch project. Measures 2" × 7". Includes 18-count bookmark, floss, needle, graph and instructions.

$5.00

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Pocketbook Kits

Worked linen pocketbooks were often made in New England between 1740 and 1790, but reached their peak of popularity between 1760 and 1780. This type of worked pocketbook was more popular in America than in England. They were obviously valued by their owners, and mention of them can be found in wills, inventories, and diaries of the period. While leather pocketbooks were more common, being commercially available, more of these hand-worked examples survive, perhaps because of personal and sentimental reasons. Both sexes carried these pocketbooks. Women carried theirs inside their pockets (the large, U-shaped cloth bags tied at the waist and worn under the outer skirt). Inside the pocketbook, a woman might carry buttons, a thimble, hooks, needles, and sundry papers. Men usually carried business and personal documents, coins and paper money in theirs; hence women's pocketbooks were usually smaller than men's. The pocketbook itself was usually lined with a brightly color wool or silk fabric, and given a stiff interlining of cardboard.

The ends were bound by an extension of these binding tapes, or a metal clasp. Cross stitched pocketbooks of this period are quite rare, with Irish stitch being the most common technique used. Some examples worked in Queen stitch survive, usually executed in silk rather than wool because of the intricacy of that stitch. Most of them were made with wool floss.

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ES POCKETBOOK CIRCA 1780

Linen count and finished size: 30-count same as the original: 9" × 8" when opened completely and flat
Stitches: Irish and eyelet stitches using Appleton crewel wool
Source: Old Sturbridge Village

Kit with wool floss: $ 45.00
Graph: $12.00

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Origin and date: American 18th century
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THE GARDNER POCKETBOOK OF 1755

This unusual worked pocketbook made in Swansea, Massachusetts in 1755, done in cross stitch was lined - as was usual - with pink worsted wool, and made with two broad interior pockets permitting the piece to open fully. All edges were bound with red (now faded to pink) wool tape woven in a chevron pattern (reverse twill).

Linen Count and finished size:35-count 10 1/2" × 4 1/8" when flat
Stitches: cross and eyelet
Source: Old Sturbridge Village

Kit with cotton floss $35.00
Kit with silk floss $55.00
Chart only $8.00

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Origin and date:
American 18th century:
Gardner Pocketbook 1755
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ANN DAVIS POCKETBOOK 1762

This flame stitched, single pocketbook, found in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was originally worked in simple Irish stitch, in still brilliant rainbow hues.

Linen Count and finished size: 35-count same as original 5 3/8" × 3 1/2"
Stitches: Only cross and Irish stitches used
Source: Old Sturbridge Village

Kit with cotton floss: $35.00
Kit with silk floss: $60.00
Graph: $14.00

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Origin and date:
American 18th century
Ann Davis Pocketbook 1762

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