Nelly Yetts

Scottish Samplers

Nelly Yetts

1702

Description:

This early Scottish sampler has several areas of moth damage, but the colours remain clear and bright. We consider that Nelly is a companion to Margaret Andrson, although almost forty years separates the two.

As with Margaret, Nelly has placed a traditional wide undulating floral band along the top of the sampler, bordered itself by two narrower carnation bands. While the verses on both samplers are not the same, the font stitched is quite similar. Nelly has placed her verse in a stitched box with curlicue accents. Surrounding the verse is an intricate floral pattern, all in cross stitch over one, with quail, roses and a wonderful variety of variegated leaves.

The lower section of Nelly's sampler is a collection of spot motifs, including familial initials (IY, HH), Adam & Eve, a peacock, a basket of strawberries in Queen's stich, floral arrangements, birds and a pastoral hillock completed with trees, rabbits and a dog. The stitching of her teacher's name was very difficult to determine given thread loss and fading, but we believe it to be Mrs. Setons. A tidy border in red and green completes all four sides.

Size (W x H): 10 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches

Stitches: Cross, cross-over-one, double running, satin, feather, mosaic, Queen

Media: Silk on wool

Genealogy:

There was a Helen Yetts born in 1690 to John Yetts and Agnes Frost of St. Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh. Siblings Agnes (1691) and Robert (1694) were also registered at St. Cuthbert's.

Verse:

Make much of precious time while in your pow'r
Be careful weLL to husband ev'ry hour
For time wiLL come when you shaLL sore Lament
The unhappy minute that you have mispent

Nelly yetts June 6 1708 Mrs S

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