Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tent stitch, what is this?

A friend recently wrote to ask me about this sampler on my sampler wall.  It is not a reproduction that I stitched.  I actually have no idea what it is and whether it is an antique or not.  It was in with a pile of antique quilt blocks and linens that I purchased at an antique store about 15 years ago.  It was not framed, measures about 8" x 12".  The linen and condition certainly looked very old, but did not really look in bad enough shape to be the genuine article.  Maybe someone can help???

The bottom is a grassy mound with a deer on the left and leopard (?) on the right, with the initials M and W and year 16    86.

As you can see, it is solidly tent stitched.  In the middle above the initials is a large bird, like a parrot, sitting on a branch or tree.

There are also stylized flowers and leaves to the right and left of the bird.

It looks like a piece of 17th century tapestry, but surely it can't be real, can it?  Can anybody shed any light on this??   Til next time,  hugs,  Melinda


  1. Wow! I have no clue about it, but it sure is gorgeous! I love it! You're so lucky to own it!

  2. Goodness Melinda if this is the real deal you have a gem ... but then again, it's a gem in itself even if it isn't antique. I'm betting IT IS THE REAL DEAL!
    Do let us all know.

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  3. Whatever it is, it's beautiful!

  4. My goodness, what a beautiful find. Either way it looks very special.

  5. I hope you find out what you have. Nothing like a mystery. It is so beautiful and very well done. I am glad you have it on your wall with your collection. -Steph-

  6. Melinda, if there is a museum close to you the curator would be glad to help you. I took coverlets to our local museum and they told me how to clean them, etc. Just a thought

  7. Hi Melinda ~
    I found your blog by way of the comment you left on Robin's blog!
    I am a fellow Buckeye, but from the north - two blocks from Lake Erie. I am also a rug hooker and for many years was a sampler maker - not quite as intricate as many of yours but mainly reproductions. I have just started doing a little stitching again thanks to bifocals and my Ott light :)
    Pug hugs :)

  8. Wow, that certainly looks like it could be the real deal. Maybe you could have it appraised or bring it to a reputable antique dealer and see what they think. It is lovely

  9. No idea... but beautiful either way!

    Carmen and the Primcats