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Alianor de RavenglasAbstractThis piece is a cushion with an embroidered top consisting of two sections from the BostockeSampler (which is dated to 1598). The center portion was charted by Lady Caryl de Trecesson inher work
; I charted the border from a scanned image of the complete sampler.In working the center portion, I added a bird to the upper right hand corner that had at one time been present. I also made some minor changes in order to enhance the symmetry of the piece.The embroidery was worked in silk on roughly 20-count linen using cross stitch and back stitch.The top of the cushion is “lined” with a tightly-woven cotton and the back is of the same linen asthe top. It is stuffed with scraps of fabric, yarn, and thread.BackgroundThe Bostocke Sampler
is English and inscribed "Iane Bostocke" and "1598". The piece is linen with red, brown,green, blue, and white colored silk, and silver-gilt and silver thread, worked in crossstitch and 2-sided Italian cross stitch. There are spot motifs at the top and a variety of (mostly) blackwork borders at the bottom. The total size of the piece is about 17" by 15".Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
This sampler provides a wealth of late 16
-century embroidery patterns, both cross stitch and blackwork.
Figure 1: The Bostocke Sampler
Hanson, C. (2002). Designs, Period.
King, D. and S. Levey (1993). The Victoria & Albert Museum's Textile Collection: Embroidery in Britain from1200 to 1750. New York, Canopy Books.