Things are getting just a little spooky here in blogging cyberland. A couple of days ago I sat down to productively waste some time catching up with my favorite blogs and there on the Needleprint blog was a devilishly enticing post about an upcoming auction of 17th century needlework. . . complete with links to the on-line catalogue.
Well, who could resist? Certainly not me. So a-clicking I did go. . . and I'll be darned, look what I found! It's yet a THIRD Jane Turner sampler. . . this one fully embellished like Jane's with virtually IDENTICAL stitches and colors. Here's that link:
Here's the same embellished band I focused on in my last post:
And here are the lady and the trees band and close ups of the lady herself:
Now, don't get me wrong. Although I am thoroughly enjoying stitching on Jane's sampler, it isn't my VERY VERY VERY FAVORITE piece of all times. But the coincidences are really striking aren't they? And I have learned a little more from each piece. With triplet number three, I was able to get a much better image of how the original dress was actually done -- the only photo I have of Jane's original sampler is a very small one in a catalogue from the Burrell Collection.
Interestingly, the little blurb in the Burrell catalogue says "the design is similar to another sampler made by Mary Lawley, dated 1668, now in a private collection". Is this Mary's sampler? There are no dates, names, or initials on the sampler itself. . . and the auction description says nothing about Mary. . . so I'm thinking probably not. The "outline" sampler with the same pattern has the initials M.C.. . .which would argue that it isn't Mary's sampler either. So maybe there are actually FOUR extant copies of this sampler design. Fascinating.