Ann Symonds Sampler Study Box

5 in stock

Studying old embroideries really puts you in the shoes of the stitcher. I have always been fascinated by samplers and am always a bit overwhelmed by the thought that the stitchers were so young. I thought you might enjoy studying samplers too, so I have put together a small selection of charts, histories, and luscious photos of favourites from my own collection. Each one is a little piece of history you can recreate for yourself.

Ann Symons Sampler is an unusual early sampler. Completed by Ann in 1796, it was a real find! I came across it in a mixed lot of embroideries at auction and simply could not resist her colourway and the naivety of the stitching.

The original sampler is stitched on non-evenweave linen using two strands of thread. Ann generally worked over two fabric threads but the spacing between the letters does vary. I have charted the stitching but slightly altered the spacing between letters and, if stitched on a 28-count Cashel linen, would measure 12.5 x 13in (30.5 x 33cm). I recommend thread colours for you to reflect how well the colours have aged but you can always select your own.


In your lovely JG Book Box, you will find:

  • A large picture of Ann’s sampler
  • The beautifully printed chart made up of 2 x A3 sheets
  • A copy of my Stitching your own little piece of history book
  • A gold-plated needle
  • Faux-ivory thread holder with two shades for an optional folded hem


5 in stock

5 in stock


The story of this little treasure

If you have time to let me wax lyrical about samplers some more, you might like to see my favourite, hear about my first auction experience, and find the most fabulous place to see samplers for yourself.