The Janet Mitchell 1811 Sampler


Scottish samplers are known for their decorative lettering in an array of colorful stitches, and Janet Mitchell's sampler has all the classic motifs of a Scottish sampler: elaborate stylized alphabet, crowns, and coronets.

Thistles native to Scotland regularly appear in borders, and brilliantly colored peacocks reflect Britain's trade links to the Netherlands and Far East. Janet Mitchell's original sampler was stitched in vibrant silks and fine linen revealing that she had the means and access, to fine materials when stitching her 1811 sampler.

Stitched on 32 count Lambswool from Wichelt Imports, the stitch count will be 227W X 263H, and is executed in cross stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, and Algerian eyelet. The original sampler is in the collection of Historic Handworkes®.