This late 18th century sampler shows the transition from the long, narrower band-style samplers to the more pictorial and rectangular samplers of the 19th century.
We start with a big WOW - the full rigging, sails, flag and anchor are just some of the amazing details on the ship stitched on this beautiful sampler. Combined with the rich sheen of the silk thread, it gives the vessel even more prominence. An interesting quirk to the ship is that it is stitched at an angle, giving the distinct impression of being tossed along the waves. Note the flag of Scotland, the Saltire, flying proudly. Surrounding the ship, Margaret has stitched a variety of spot motifs including crowns, trees and flowers. Also included on the sampler are familial initials (MF, BF, IF, MB, SC, BB, RB, IN, RB, BF, MF, GF, AF) and an elaborate curlique alphabet. Along the very top are two additional alphabets and some numerals and an undulating stylized floral band.
Size (W x H): 8 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches
Stitches: Cross, eyelet, long armed cross, double running, satin, darning, outline
Media: Silk and wool on linen
James Ferrier, schoolmaster, and his wife Margaret Butchart baptized their oldest child, Margaret 22 January 1769 in Arbirlot, Angusshire. Siblings included Marjory (9 March 1772), George (24 February 1775), and Anne (13 September 1776).
While we haven't been successful in tracing Margaret's marriage, we do know that James Ferrier and Margaret Butchart were married 5 October 1764, also in Arbirlot. Margaret Butchart was the daughter of Alexander Butchart and Issobel Fothringham, and was christened 15 December 1736, also in Arbirlot.
(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)