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FRANCES CHEYNEY (1663) This is Frances Cheyney's polychrome band sampler, she worked the white work sampler one year later. It was not uncommon for young girls to work a polychrome band sampler first and then a white one, although many did both on the same sampler. The top half of the sampler is worked entirely
in double running stitch with the large band in the center depicting a large oak tree with a castle, animals and a man. After the restoration of Charles II in 1660, oak trees and acorns were very popular motifs. Allegedly, Charles escaped after the battle of Worcester in 1651 by hiding in an oak tree. This particular band is found on a sampler in the Fitzwilliam Museum, suggesting that the samplers were done in the same area in England. The original sampler is in the Burrell collection accession no.31/20 and ours is the only museum authorized reproduction.
It is worked entirely reversible using double running stitch, montenegrin, herringbone, marking cross and alternating herringbone.

Size: Finished Size: 7" x 24" (18cm x 61cm)
Thread Count: 40 count (16 thr/cm) linen.
Recommended Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: Cht. $36.00
Categories: 17th Century English
ID: 212

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