Looking at the Past…

22 Jun

Well as much As I love cross stitch in this century, it’s been a from of art through out a lot of our history! I wanted to share with you today some images of samplers and patterns form ages past.

 Cross stitch embroidery sampler of Alberta Arnolda Sligters, 1735. This was from Germany. Even though, faded, you can see the wealth of colors she was able to use on this peice!

Cross-stitch alphabet sampler worked by Elizabeth Laidman, 1760.

Here you can see the detail of her lettering.


Sampler worked by Catharine Ann Speel in silk on linen, 1805, Philadelphia, Sampler worked in silk on linen;

Here is a short history of Cross stitch written by: Suzanne Wheatman.

The earliest piece of embroidered cloth includes cross-stitch and dates back to the sixth or seventh centuries AD.

In Eastern Europe at this time, folk art was prospering, and cross stitch was used to decorate household items using geometric and floral patterns still found in pattern books to this day.

Cross-stitching really came into its own with the working of samplers.  These were a means of recording a verse, a prayer or a moral saying.  In 1797 poor children from the orphans’ school near Calcutta’ in Bengal were given the task of stitching the longest chapter in the Bible, the 19th psalm.

As pattern books become more readable in Europe and America during the seventeenth century the function of samplers changed.  They developed into educational tools, stitched by children to teach them the needlework skills essential to young girls who would be making household linen and clothing.

Stitches would cover the designs, often in half cross-stitch and cross-stitch, to produce many articles for the home; bell pulls, purses, cushions, fire screens, pincushions and cushion fronts.

Cross stitching as we recognize it today was re-discovered in the sixties, when increased leisure time was a factor in the revival of counted cross-stitch for pleasure.

The photos in this Blog were borrowed from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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