18th c. DUTCH Darning Sampler ANNO 1730
Very early 18th c. Dutch silk on linen darning sampler worked in four-sided stitch, pattern, and damask. Eleven colored sample darns, or needle weaving, surround a central inscription medallion. An exquisite range of stripes, twill, tabby, damask, plaid, and herringbone.
In the central medallion is " WEVS / OUT14 / IAARDEN / (21?) IUNI / ANNO 1730' .
The colors are pale blue, light green, yellow, navy, pink and red.
"During the 18th century when items of clothing and household linens were expensive, to the point that they were itemized in people's wills, darning was an essential skill for any girl. Contemporary newspaper advertisements seeking maids, not only required someone for washing , scrubbing and polishing, but one who possessed darning skills. Those who could not find such an employee would put sewing work out to skilled needle women." - Meg Andrews
Very fine gossamer linen ground. Almost feels like raw silk.
19" x 19.5"
Very good. No stitch loss. Mild discoloration around embroidery of medallion and bottom right square. Unmounted/unframed.