The Book of Samplers by Marguerite Fawdry & Deborah Brown lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Lutterworth Press, 1980, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings; Patterns;
From the cover: The sampler is one of the most charming traditional forms of embroidery, first made as a record of stitches and later as a picture to be framed and proudly displayed by its maker.
The first surviving specimen of tins form of folk art dates back to the 16th century with Jane Bostockes sampler, now kept at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The Book of Samplers traces their history down to the present day when they have found renewed popularity among both antique collectors and those seeking relaxation in needlework. This interest in samplers is equally strong in America where the tradition of sampler-making, imported from England and Germany, blossomed during the 18th century in a distinctive and wholly indigenous fashion. In the 19th century, however, the art of the sampler went into something of a decline on both sides of the Atlantic: originality was replaced by slavish following of patterns with the effect often spoiled by the garish colours of aniline-dyed thread. In recent years the sampler has returned to favour for both its practical and decorative value. Professional embroiderers and teachers use it as a means for exploring stitches and fabric potentialities, but for most people, sampler-making is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime, an individual way to celebrate family events or simply to make a highly decorative picture.
This book, lavishly illustrated in colour and monochrome, is the first work to look at samplers both historically and practically. Each historical chapter is followed by a practical section explaining with all the necessary diagrams the stitches and motifs found on the samplers. A large modern sampler, specially designed and worked for the book is shown at the end, and is accompanied by full directions on how to work . it. But these instructions are merely guidelines: the secret behind the charm of old samplers was their individuality, their personal character. The practical sections of The Book of Samplers encourage the readers to recapture this individuality by showing them how to design their own samplers and providing a visual vocabulary of motifs and alphabets for them to use.
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust Wrapper a little faded at the spine. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
157 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11″ x 9¾”.
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