Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire
A fine silk on linen sampler with two alphabets followed by a our Carnation Lattice band. The lattice pattern is both preceded and followed by rows of alphabets and numerals. A band of assorted floral motifs, crowns and familial initials is along the bottom. Helen has stitched a double border along all four sides, the interior being a simple undulating floral pattern and the outer a simple zig-zag pattern.
In comparison to Isabella Brown and Catherine Russell, Helen's color choices were much more vivid and her composition by far the best of the three.
Size (W x H): 14 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches
Stitches: Cross, double running, reverse cross, eyelet, satin
Media: Silk on wool
Helen was christened 24 April 1803 in Port Glasgow, Renfrew, the daughter of Robert McLucky, a ship's carpenter, and Martha Mackie. Siblings were Ann (1791), Elizabeth (1793), Robert (1795), Janet (1797), Martha (1799), William (1801) and Katharine (1805). We can find marriage information for four of the siblings, but Helen appears to have neither married nor died, ever.
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.