Saturday, 25 September 2010
Bloggger has today changed how they upload files and I am having such great difficulties uploading the detail image of this sampler I really want to show you. I'll try again tomorrow. Here at last! However, the devil in the detail is the leaf and stalk which you can see almost at the bottom centre of this sampler. I was looking at this closely today with the expert stitchers of the North Dorset Embroiderers' Guild in order to have a more qualified interpretation of the stitching. Unlike the precise stitching exhibited for the most part on this somewhat chaotic sampler in The Goodhart Collection, the leaf and stalk of this motif are rather crudely cross-stitched. It is no boast at all to say I could have done better myself. This is just one example of a growing number that we have examined now in close up digital detail that throws up such anomolies and I am beginning to believe, in view of the evidence, that a number of samplers and antique stitched items which initially may have been left or passed down in an unfinished state, have been opportunistically augmented by later generations of stitchers. I now have my eye on the Jane Bostocke sampler - particulary some of the figurative motifs which appear above the the text dedication. Maybe the time has come to question whether we should take all the stitching on a sampler at face value?
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 21:37