Frances Jane Kiddle

English Samplers

Frances Jane Kiddle

1803

Norfolk, England

Description:

While this sampler is very clearly part of the stepped diamond sub-group of Norfolk samplers, Frances has created the edges of her diamond with an a simple but beautiful chain-like pattern. Each of the four corner bouquets are unique and represent a wide variety of flowers. Note the wonderfully realistic bumble bee in the upper left corner.

In addition to one alphabet and select dividing bands, also typical of Norfolk samplers, Frances has arranged a a moral verse in the center of the diamond, with signature details strategically placed in the left and right diamond points. Two sprigs, completely different from flowers found in the bouquets, twine through the chain border towards the lower sections. The bottom point of the diamond is filled with a forest vignette, complete with stag, trees and a patterning of greens to represent a field. This sampler does have some moth damage and a few holes.

Size (W x H): 13 x 14 3/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, cross-over-one, satin, outline, feather, boullion

Media: Silk on wool

Genealogy:

Kiddle is a surprisingly common surname in Norfolk. A Frances Jane Kiddle was born in December 1789, the daughter of William Kiddle and Frances Parsons of Carleton Rode, Norfolk. In 1806, she married Thomas Warren in Great Ellingham, Norfolk. The couple had four children: William (1811), Sarah (1812), Charles (1817) and Mary Ann (1818).

Verse:

Frances
Jane
Kiddle

Be you to others kind and True
As you'd have Others be to you.
And neither do nor say to Men,
Whate'er you would not take again.

June ye
20th 1803

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Frances' verse is the poem Our Saviour's Golden Rule, by Isaac Watts.
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