[HNW] Bostocke sampler?

Carol Thomas scbooks at mindspring.com
Mon Jun 7 13:47:51 PDT 2010

Several years ago I visited the V&A, and hung a ruler off the glass 
and photographed one of the elements of the Bostocke.  Comparing the 
owl motif to the ruler in the picture, I get 18 stitches to the inch 
on the cross stitches,  approximately.

The stitches look as though they cover perhaps 4 threads, 
approximately, so the linen would be about 72 to the inch, or even 
finer.  Let me know if you need me to print it out and try to count 
threads, I probably can give a clearer answer than that by using a 
magnifying glass on the background fabric.


At 03:05 PM 6/7/2010, you wrote:
>   Does anyone have an idea about the average stitch count on the Bostocke
>sampler (V&A)?   Just curious - I like to work "small", but seems to me that
>14 stitch/inch is kind of a standard nowadays...
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