I’m starting a new series about 1940s-1950s embroidery and sewing techniques. I have some samplers from my grandmother who made them between 1950 and 1952 during her dressmaker’s apprenticeship.
(My previous series: Victorian and Edwardian beauty routine and recipes and Victorian and Edwardian hair care)
This is part 1 of the series and I’m sharing with you a drawn thread work sampler:
My grandmother made this sampler in 1950 in the first year of her apprenticeship.
She used an off-white medium weight cotton or linen fabric and mercerized cotton embroidery thread.
The short sides are finished with a hem embellished with hemstiching, while the long sides are bound with self-fabric straight-grain binding by hand so that no stitches are visible on either side.
This is a very dainty drawn-thread work, measuring just 0,5 cm (0,2 inch).
This drawn thread work is 1,5 cm (0,6 inch) wide.
These two are 2cm (0,8 inch) wide.
If you’d like to see some more pictures or have a question about the sampler, please post a comment below.