Ann Hardie Circa 1854


Scottish samplers are quite a recognizable group with their bold use of strong primary colors, specifically reds and greens. Most notable characteristics are their architectural style mansions, heraldic peacocks (usually with seven tailfeathers), urns, dogs, rabbits, and many groups of initials (usually family members).

Displaying the traditional theme of Scottish samplers, Ann Hardie employs a variety of counted thread stitches including cross, backstitch, counted satin, and Algerian eyelet.

Ann Hardie was born in Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1844. She married into the Center family, and died September 22, 1914. Stitched on 32 count Sandstone linen from Wilchelt Imports, the sampler will measure 11.5 X 14 and was sitched in Au Ver A Soie stranded silk. The orginal sampler is in the collection of Historic Handworkes.