Norfolk Girls did more than just the stepped-diamond patterns! There are now known to be several of these beautiful darning samplers and this one is a prime specimen. Hannah started with a delicate free-stitched nosegay, which she then surrounded with a floral wreath. The darning patterns are placed between these floral motifs. Note the pencil marks still visible near the yellow and gold darning, where Hannah's original design and actual stitching did not quite match up in the end.
Size (W x H): 16 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches
Stitches: Chain, outline, satin, cross-over-one, numerous darning stitches
Media: Silk on very fine linen
We have found four equally viable alternatives, a testament to the commonness of the surname Palmer:
(This sampler was added to the site on September 05, 2013)