In France samplers are named " marquoir", "marquette" or "abecedaires."These were functional rather than creative past-times. Most of the time it was a work to teach young girls cross- stitch embroidery . From the age of puberty any girl had to prepare her own bridal " trousseau" and to mark each item with her initials .
Cross-stitch embroidery appeared in Europe between the X and the XIII century. Embroidery was an aristocratic pastime. The lady of the manor reproduced motifs from the rugs brought back by their Lord from the crusades.
This sampler was created by Marie Lemoine at La Fresnaie, her family country home, in 1852.
She illustrated it with country scenery and animals. French sampler by Anne Mazelan 1745. This work is closer to the English style than the typical French style.
A sampler made by Sidonie in 1861
A sampler made by Virginie Grimoux in France in 1848 while she was attending boarding school. The dominant image of the sampler is the boarding school church
I hope you have enjoyed this little trip into French samplers..... I love looking at antique samplers, it gives me so much inspiration and pleasure. It just makes me want to get stitching.