Hawick Girls

This is a fascinating group of samplers we've named because a majority of the samplermakers are from in and around Hawick. Spanning over 40 years, the pieces represent the instruction of more than one teacher.

The commonalities are obvious - a pedimented house flanked by trees, an oversized flower and a prominent verse. The house is very often a shade of pale red or pink. Most of the girls use the verse 'On Virtue' except for Euphan Easton, who has a prayer. Mary Hope has shifted the elements around, placing the house at the top, but is still clearly within the group. We address other exceptions within the individual sampler descriptions.

We also include the now infamous historic reproduction by Elisabeth Stewart.