Cathrine Russell

Scottish Samplers

Cathrine Russell, age 9

1808

Edinburgh

Description:

This finely embroidered marking sampler from Edinburgh features our Carnation Lattice pattern. Cathrine's simple undulating floral border is practically identical to Helen McLucky's. Her three upper alphabets are worked in algerian eye, cross-over-one, and a truly beautiful satin stitch, respectively. It is rare to find alphabets done in satin stitch because it is difficult to do well, and this one is really lovely.

Size (W x H): 13 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, eyelet, running, satin, algerian eye, cross-over-one

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Cathrine has been very tricky to pin down. The death from general decline of a Catherine Russell, daughter of George Russell, age 34, recorded at St. Cuthbert's Edinburgh in 1837 is the closest we have felt comfortable reporting. 

Verse:

Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
As the first efforts of n infant's hand
And while her fingers o'er the canvas move
Engage her tender heart to seek thy love
With thy dear children let her share a part
And write thy Name Thyself upon her heart

Cathrine Russell
Aged 9 Years
18  Edinburgh  08

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Additional Information

This sampler was reproduced by the Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly and was pictured on the cover of the Summer 2004 issue.

A sampler by Janet Rankin at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow has this same unusual diamond pattern. It was featured in the exhibit catalog entitled Patterns of Childhood, page 228. Janet's version is much larger and is part of a more complex sampler, dated 1809.

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