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Drawn Thread work sampler


A stitch sampler of cream linen featuring 21 bands of drawn thread work emboidery, each worked in a different pattern. The embroidery is hand stitched in cotton thread in a wide variety of spoked, interlaced and needlewoven patterns of the type used to decorate high quality bedding and table linens. This sampler is believed to have been produced for the linen firm Webbs of Newtownards in the early 1900s. In common with many such firms at the time Webbs employed a number of embroiderers in the area as outworkers. Often the outworker would specialise in a particular stitch and it is possible that this sampler was passed among several outworkers in the North Down area for completion. One of the short sides of the sampler has an uneven edge and appears to have been cut into , possibly to provide small sample swatches with orders for embroidered linens.