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Band sampler - Tea towel

Band sampler - Tea towel

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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Dorcas Haynes, band sampler, 1720 (reworked)

The Fitzwilliam Museum has an impressive and diverse array of European samplers, pieces of embroidery which enabled the seamstress to become adept at different stitches and to experiment with patterns, colours, and lettering. This splendid cotton tea towel incorporates floral patterns and motifs from a bright band sampler inscribed 'Dorcas Haynes' and dated 1720. The original work uses a wide range of coloured silks and displays mastery of stitching techniques including herringbone, rococo, and Florentine.

Product details: 

  • Tea towel with printed image
  • 100% cotton
  • 78 cm x 50 cm
  • Printed in the UK

About Samplers at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum holds an important collection of over four hundred historic samplers. Stemming from both sides of the English channel, and spanning the 17th
to the 20th Century, these samplers are both beautiful works of art, and important historical artefacts in their own right.

In our recorded histories the lives, thoughts and achievements of ordinary, middle or lower class women has often gone unrecorded. For many, embroidery is the only evidence of their existence that has survived.

The 2017 exhibition, Sampled Lives showcased over 100 examples of samplers from the
Fitzwilliam’s collection, with deliberate focus on their importance as documentary evidence of the lived experiences of young women. The beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers cast bright illumination on the lives of girls and women from the mid-17th Century to the early 20th Century. Encompassing education, employment, religion, family, societal status and needlework skills.


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