Catherine Skinner

English Samplers

Catherine Skinner, age 11

1793

Kent, England

Description:

This sampler is unique in so many ways! Catherine has filled in pratically all the blank spaces with single cross-stitches in a manner we've never seen before! The "dots" are randomly placed in the center section but have a more formal uniformity in the lower section.

The imposing building featured in the center has prominently depicted quoins, a typical architectural feature for this time period. Perhaps this is a school? A plethora of flowering plants flank the building, and the fence along the front of the building has flowering bushes beneath. Several birds are in flight, and notice that Catherine has placed her initials above the house, amongst the birds and "dots". There are two alphabets above the house, and her verse and signature are framed below. Note also that the verse features a random sequence of color changes for each word. The border is a traditional strawberry pattern, however the corners are unique to the upper and lower sections and the upright berries along the bottom have been replaced with small trees. 

Size (W x H): 13 x 11 3/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, chain, outline, satin, back

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

We believe that Catherine was born and baptized in November 1783 in Cooling, Kent, England, the daughter of Susan Skinner. No father's name is listed on the baptism records. 

Verse:

During the time of Life allotted me
Grant me good God my Health and Liberty
I beg no more if more thou'rt Pleas,d to give
I'll thankfully the over plus receive
Mark.d this in the Eleventh Year of her Age

Catherine Skinner
1793

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We found Catherine's verse in the second part (for advanced students) of Thomas Dyche's Guide to The English Tongue, the 2nd edition of which was published in 1710.

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