Maria Futter Appleton 1831 Sampler

sampler reproduction of maria futter appleton from 1831 in fall colors with alphabet and trees

This beautiful Georgian English sampler, which belongs to Giulia Manfredini’s private collection, was embroidered by Maria Futter Appleton in 1831.

Maria was born Maria Futter and baptized on December 19, 1819 in Tunstead, Norfolk County, England. The baptismal record of St. Mary in Tunstead does not list a father for Maria. Mary Futter married James Appleton in 1827 and he adopted Maria.

The sampler is worked in silk threads, mainly in gold, blue and greens, but also steel blue, copper orange, dark brown, burgundy, bronze, pale yellow and cream. Framed on all sides by dense strawberry border, the Sampler is structured in bands and sections.

Fabric 25.5x21 in (65x53 cm) Etruria 35 ct ecru linen by Sotema
Threads hand-dyed twelve-stranded Silk'n Color threads by The Thread Gatherer: Ink Black SNC 00B, Burnished Gold SNC 060, In the Burgundy SNC 074, Whippoorwill Lane SNC 146, Wintered Grass SNC 155, Dried Thyme SNC 156, Forest Ash SNC 261, Glowing Embers SNC 292, Dung Paper SNC 317, Cinnamon Stick SNC 1012, Union Blue SNC 1063, Blackened Grass SNC 1067
Stitches Cross stitch over one and over two, Backstitch, Long Satin stitch, Pulled Eyelet Stitch over 4