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V Hamel 1868 - Couleur Tourterelle
Reproduction Sampler - French 19th Century

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Linen and Threads


Small Alphabet samplers of this type are known in French as ‘Marquette’ rather than the larger personalized ‘Marquoir’ (Sampler). They were used by young girls for practicing counted cross stitch and reproducing an existing alphabet, possibly copied from a previous sampler. Once the top part was completed, the stitcher had more freedom to sign and date her sampler, and fit in additional motifs.

Stitched using 1 strand over 1 thread of fabric, the reproduction sampler was stitched on a much smaller scale than the original and will be the perfect size for a pin cushion. You can alternatively stitch it over 2 threads of fabric, for a larger finish.

The original sampler stitched by V Hamel (last photograph) has a very rustic appearance, worked using cotton thread on 20 count linen fabric. It measures 8 ¼ x 11 ½ inch (21 by 29cm).

Stitch Count: 86w x 103h
Linen: Edinburgh 36 Count
Thread: DMC #938


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