A new pattern darning and cross stitch sampler

ashmoleanpatterndarningsampler This embroidery sampler is made from linen, embroidered with blue and green flax, as well as red silk. It is thought to have been made between the 10th-15th century C.E. in Egypt. The dimensions are 21.5 cm by 12 cm. It is currently in the Ashmolean Museum in the research collection.

On the sampler there are 5 complete pattern darning designs and one long arm cross stitch design. There are four other incomplete designs on the sampler. I have charted up the complete designs but if there is interest in some of the incomplete, then I can post them. Just let me know.

The placement-

ashmoleanpatterndarning1 (PDF)
ashmoleanpatterndarning2 (PDF)
ashmoleanpatterndarning3 (PDF)
ashmoleanpatterndarning4 (PDF)
ashmoleanpatterndarning5 (PDF)
ashmoleanlacrossstitch (PDF) (which has the number 6 in the picture)


The second possible tunic embroidery

textilecanada1 This textile was made in Egypt between the 14th and 15th century. It is linen embroidered with red and blue silk, with a flat felled seam. It is 15.3 cm long and 49.6 cm wide. It is currently in the Textile Museum of Canada.

The textile is embroidered in double running stitch and pattern darning. I have charted up the design. It is available in pdf format.

textilemusofcantunic (pdf)

Good Luck!

A new mixed embroidery sampler

walterssamplermamluk This is a sampler with pattern darning, double running stitch and counted satin stitch. Made between the 14th and 15th century in Mamluk controlled Egypt, it is linen embroidered in silk, 14 cm by 27.4 cm. It is thought to have been a professional embroiderer’s sampler, possibly to show clients the work and design the embroiderer did. The sampler is in the Walters Art Museum.

There are twelve unique embroidery designs on this sampler. I have charted up this sampler, with the files available in pdf format.
The first three patterns are all pattern darning.
walterssamplerpattern1 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern2 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern3 (pdf)

The forth design is a mix of counted satin stitch, double running stitch and pattern darning.
walterssamplerpattern4 (pdf)

The fifth to eighth design are all pattern darning.
walterssamplerpattern5 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern6 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern7 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern8 (pdf)

Pattern nine and ten are a blackwork design. I have completed pattern nine, which would be reversible.
walterssamplerpattern9 (pdf)
walterssamplerpattern10 (pdf)

Pattern eleven is the first Egyptian blackwork I have seen that would not be reversible (in my opinion).
walterssamplerpattern11 (pdf)

I have only done one of the two reversed pattern darning designs for pattern twelve. However, the other half of the design can be extrapolated from the chart.

Please let me know how you find the charts.

Early period embroidered Egyptian textiles

egyptian6thcentemb This is a 6th century textile found in Egypt. It is a plain weave linen embroidered in a regular pattern. The textile is 10 cm by 8 cm. It is currently in the Metroplitan Museum of Art.

egyptian6thcentbw This textile is also from the 6th century & Egypt. It is made from wool & plain woven linen. The Metropolitan Museum of Art says the textile is tapestry woven, but it does look like a style of pattern darning. It is 10.6 cm by 6 cm.

embroidered6thto7th This textile was made between the 6th-7th century. It is made of plain woven linen with wool embroidery and is 14.6 cm by 10 cm. Possibly in running and stem stitch. It is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

tapestryembroidered7thto9th This textile is from the 7th-9th century. It is a tapestry woven textile of linen and wool with embroidery. The back of the textile- backtapestrywovenembroidery The textile is 8.3 cm by 10.2 cm. It is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pattern darning chart

artinstitutepatterndarning This textile is 9.7cm by 10.2cm. Made in Egypt between the 13th and 14th century, it is plain weave linen embroidered in red silk floss in running stitch and pattern darning. The textile is currently in the Art Institute of Chicago.

I have charted up the design and it is available for download in pdf format-

artinstitutepatterndarning (PDF)

Please let me know how it goes.

Technicalities- there are 66 threads between the top pattern darning and main pattern. The straight lines are the running stitch.

A new embroidery chart

manchesterembroidery This embroidery is in the University of Manchester. There is very little information on the website about the textile, except that it is from Egypt, made from linen and was made between the years 1100-1499 C.E. It resembles Mamluk embroidery to my eye, which is from the early 13th century. Just for a challenge, I have charted it up! It has both double running and pattern darning.

manchesterembroidery (pdf)

Please let me know how it works for you.

A pattern darning chart

This embroidered textile is linen embroidered with blue cotton. It is 31 x 14.5 cm. The main design is similar to the pattern darning sampler from the post “A Mamluk pattern darning sampler”, specifically pattern 1. It is larger and more complete. There are two narrow bands that highlight the main band, one with an s shape and the other is reversed, with a z shape. The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum.


This is a one page pdf document. Let me know how your embroidery goes!