This sampler was produced at the request of the textile department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 1971. Designed and directed by Elizabeth Prickett with 62 of her students involved. The work started in 1972 and was completed in 1977. The sampler was presented to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1978, though not catalogued until 1979. The index No. 18-1979 will need to be quoted on request to view, this request must be made at least 3 months in advance of viewing date.
The Linen, reputed to be Ruskin Linen, had been stored in a tin box in an attic for more than 60 years. The owner was taught this type of work at Coniston school and didn’t really enjoy it. On leaving school at the age of eleven all her work, some unfinished, and the length of linen was put in the tin box and relegated to the attic. There it stayed until a neighbour began to attend a local class, she was duly offered the contents of the tin box. Part of the length of linen was used on which to work the sampler. The remaining contents of that tin box are now on display in the Ruskin Museum in Coniston village
The sampler measures: 38½” (98cm) high by 26½” (67.5cm) wide finished.
Photo reproduced with kind permission of the late Elizabeth Prickett’s family.