Monday, June 12, 2017

*NEW* A Little Quaker

I love Quaker style samplers, but have only dabbled in stitching them. I decided to ease into the style gently with this little slightly-Quaker sampler; a nod to the intricate without the investment. Super quick and easy to stitch up, whip into a pincushion or frame it as I did and hang on your wall. Purposely a little wonky, a little whimsical, a little Quaker.

The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, was a dissenting Protestant group which started in England in the early part of the 17th century. Quaker beliefs about the spiritual equality of men and women led to advanced ideas about the importance of education for girls, as well as education for children from poor and enslaved families. The Quakers founded some of the first co-educational schools in England and America, with emphasis on providing a sound academic and religious education to all students.

Early Quaker samplers were not distinguishable from those of the region in which they were created. By the beginning of the 19th century, however, a transformation had occurred. Samplers produced in Quaker schools on both continents adopted similar alphabets, motifs, and formats. Prominent was use of the Roman style alphabet, in both capital and small letters. Unique to Quaker samplers was the inclusion of bold and intricate medallions and half medallions, often lined up along the edge as a border. Widespread adoption of the same alphabets and motifs led to 19th century samplers that are easily recognizable as having been created under the instruction of a Quaker teacher or one trained in a Quaker school.

Stitch Count: 101 x 93

Model stitched with one thread over two
on R&R Reproductions’ 32 count Stars Hollow

Classic Colorworks:
Cinnamon Toast, Hazelnut

The Gentle Art:
Green With Envy, Brethren Blue, Caramel Corn, Endive, Ruby Slipper

Weeks Dye Works:
Havana, Palomino

Conversion to DMC included inside.

The frame was found at a thrift store.

This design is now available in my etsy shop, and will soon be in the hands of my distributors and the shops on my auto ship list. If you prefer to bypass etsy and order directly through me, you can send me an email:


LaNelle said...

Love it Beth! Just adorable along with your information on Quakers....

CathieJ said...

That is a pretty little Quaker style pattern.