[HNW] Bostocke sampler?

Tracy Thallas fathallas at collinscom.net
Mon Jun 7 13:56:59 PDT 2010

  Oh, cool, thanks!  That's pretty much the info I was curious about (I
don't NEED to know, I just WANT to know... :-D) for comparison.
   I did one shirt on swiss batiste, over 3 one way/4 the other, that came
out to not quite 20 stitches per inch, so that gives me a good comparison
for "it looks about like this", I think...


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On Behalf Of Carol Thomas
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 2:48 PM
To: Historic Needlework
Subject: [HNW] Bostocke sampler?

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
>14 stitch/inch is kind of a standard nowadays...
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