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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Welcome to our Scarlet Letter Gallery

In 2012 Nicola Parkman was looking forward to a Special Birthday.  She wondered if she should have a party, go on a cruise, buy some special jewellery, lay down a case of port or some other way to commemorate her Big Day.

Nicola decided to host a Scarlet Letter Challenge.  She has been a fan of the reproduction samplers charted by Marsha Parker for many years and knew that other stitchers love them too.  But how to organise the challenge?  That was when she contacted me, knowing how much I love organising my Blog Hops she thought I might have some ideas.

Between us we came up with the Scarlet Letter Blog.  A group blog for everyone to join and share their progress pictures.  We hoped for 20 bloggers, maybe the magic 50?  By the first Christmas we had filled the first blog with 100 stitchers and had started a second!!  Also full with 100 stitchers.

I have been dutifully cataloguing all the finished samplers on the Finishes Page and was wondering how we would progress once the original year was over (20th February 2014).  Nicola had been thinking about this too and really wanted a permanent Gallery to show past and future samplers too.  And after many weeks' work, here it is!  Every sampler completed during the Challenge so far and many more stitched before the Challenge started.

All the samplers are listed in alphabetical order as per the Scarlet Letter website itself.  So some are under "The..." because that is how the website lists them.  I have used the same categories as the Scarlet Letter website as well as Out of Print for those rare pieces no longer available.

There are several ways to find the sampler you would like to view-

1. Type the name in the Search Box at the top left hand corner of the blog.

2. Select a category from the Labels section on the right hand side.

3. Use the Archive column on the right hand side.  Ignore the numbers and click on each little arrow to show the names of each sampler under that section.  Remember they are in alphabetical order by surname.

If your sampler is not there then it means no-one has stitched it yet and we have shown the model photo which Marsha Parker has kindly supplied.

Nicola and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Scarlet Letter Year in any way, especially those who have sent in photos of their older finishes for this Gallery.

If you have a sampler you would like to see included in the Gallery please email me a nice clear photo of your stitching plus the details of fabric and threads used (if known).  You don't need to be a member of the Scarlet Letter Challenge to have a photo added to the Gallery.  My email address is on the right hand side of this blog.

Jo xxx


Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Flamestitch Sampler


Stitched by: Pat C - FB
Finish posted - 2015

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Stitched by: Amanda K - FB
Finish posted - 2015

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Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter

Saturday, 28 December 2013

A Parrot. A Leopard, A Lion


Stitched by:  Carmen Sutton
Fabric: 18th Century Coffee Bean R&R
Threads: DMC
Stitched: Pre-challenge

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Stitched by:    
Fabric: 32 count Linen
Threads: DMC
Finish posted: 14th January 2014

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Stitched by: Karen P.B. – FB
Posted: 2015
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Stitched by: Joanne O'H – FB
Posted: 2015
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Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A Scottish Sampler


Title: A Scottish Sampler circ 1740 
from the collection of Nicki Harper
Stitched by:   
Fabric: 35ct linen
Threads: AVAS silks
Finish posted 26th February 2013

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Title: A Scottish Sampler circ 1740 
from the collection of Nicki Harper
Stitched by:   
Fabric: 32count linen
Threads: DMC
Finish posted 11th April 2014

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Title: A Scottish Sampler circ 1740 
from the collection of Nicki Harper
Stitched by: Susan R - FB

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A Scottish Sampler circa 1740 from the collection of Nikki Harper
Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Marie Abbott


Title: Marie Abbott
Stitched by: 
Fabric: not stated
Threads:  not stated
Finish posted 19th January 2013

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Marie Abbott
Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter

Sunday, 22 December 2013

ABCs of Living


Title: ABCs of Living
Stitched by:   Cindy L
Fabric: 25count SL linen
Threads: DMC
Stitched: 1999

Friday, 20 December 2013

ABCD 1817


Title: ABCD 1817
Stitched by: 
Fabric: 30 count unbleached linen
Threads:  DMC
Finish posted 21st January 2013

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Title: ABCD 1817
Stitched by:  
Fabric: Stitched with 30 ct  over one unbleached linen 
Threads:  AVAS silk
Finish posted 2nd February 2013

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Title: ABCD 1817
Stitched by:  
Fabric: Stitched over one on 36 count linen 
Threads:  NPI silks
Finish posted 20th February 2014

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Title: ABCD 1817
Stitched by:     Dawn C-R
Fabric: Not Stated
Threads: Not Stated
Stitched: pre-challenge

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Title: ABCD 1817
Stitched by:   Sampler Annie
Fabric: 30 count over 1
Threads: AVAS
Stitched: 2004

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Title: ABCD 1817

Stitched by: Vickie B - FB
Posted: 2015


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Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter




Wednesday, 18 December 2013

ACL 1790



Title: ACL 1790
Stitched by: Rosa Gonzalez Pasquau    
Fabric: Belfast Linen 12 threads to 1cm count
Threads: DMC thread
Stitched: 2008

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Photos supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter




Thursday, 12 December 2013

AED Germany 1746


Stitched by: Sigrid E - FB
Finish posted 2015

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Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter

Friday, 6 December 2013

Selura Aldrich


Stitched by Pat C - FB
Finish posted - 2015

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Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Monday, 2 December 2013

American Quaker Band Sampler


Stitched by:  Shannon -  
Fabric: not stated
Threads: not stated
Finish posted: 6th June 2013

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Stitched by:  
Fabric: 32count Examplar Lakeside Linen
Threads: DMC
Finish posted: 2nd September 2014

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Fabric: not stated
Threads:  not stated
Stitched: Pre-challenge
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Stitched by:    Fran of C S Samplerworks
Fabric: 32 count Silkweaver's "Days Gone By" Linen
Threads: Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works
Stitched: Pre-challenge

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Stitched by: Donna D, MA, USA
Fabric: 25 count linen
Threads:  silks
Stitched: Pre-challenge
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Stitched by: Britta J - FB
Fabric: Lakeside Linens, unknown colour
Threads:  DMC

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American Quaker Band Sampler
Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter



Saturday, 30 November 2013

And All Was for an Appil


Stitched by:  
Fabric: linen
Threads: silks
Finish posted 12th December 2012

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Stitched by: 
Fabric: 36 ct. Lakeside Linen Attic Lace
Threads:  DMC
Finish posted 30th January 2013

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Stitched by:   
Fabric: 40 count Linen
Threads: DMC 
Finish posted: 29th July 2013

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And all was for an Appil

Stitched by:     
Fabric: 36count cream Edinburgh linen
Threads: specified silks
Finish posted: 8th September 2013

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Stitched by:     
Fabric: 40 count
Threads: HDF silks
Finish posted: 17th June 2014




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Fabric: not stated
Threads:  not stated
Stitched: Pre-challenge

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Stitched by:  Carmen Sutton
Fabric: 32 count Kansas City Blend R&R
Threads:  DMC
Stitched: pre-challenge
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Stitched by:  Donna
Fabric: 40 count Ricamo
Threads:  HDF silks
Stitched: pre-challenge

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Stitched by: Carolyn C - FB
Fabric: 36 count white
Threads:  silks
Stitched: 2012

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Stitched by: Diane W A - FB
Posted: 2015

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Stitched by: Laura R S - FB
Posted: 2015

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And All Was for an Appil
Photo supplied by Marsha Parker of the Scarlet Letter