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These samplers were stitched using a variety of needlework styles, threads, and ornament.

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As the work of sampler making moved into schools in the late 17th and early 18th centuries design styles changed.

Alphabets and verses were added along with pictorial elements such as architectural motifs, landscapes, and large potted plants.

The fourth band from the top has the initials E R, the royal arms of Queen Elizabeth I, and the maker's name SUSAN NEGABRI in bold letters.

It is believed to date before the queen's death in 1603.

Because very few samplers from the 16th century have been found it is not possible to generalize about their style and appearance.

By the middle of the 17th century English, Dutch, and German samplers were being stitched on a narrow band of fabric 6–9 in (150–230 mm) wide.As there were few pre-printed patterns available for needleworkers, a stitched model was needed.Whenever a needlewoman saw a new and interesting example of a stitching pattern, she would quickly sew a small sample of it onto a piece of cloth - her 'sampler'.At the time of the inventory they were in the care of her chamberlain Diego de Rivera and his son Alonso, but they have all disappeared.The oldest surviving European samplers were made in the 16th and 17th centuries.These are pattern samplers having designs based on early Christian symbols.

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