Mary Groome (born 1687 - died 1721)
Linen, embroidered with silk in cross, long-armed cross and satin stitch, with eyelets
Height 79.3 cm x Width 14.6 cm
Museum no. T.125-1992
Given by Margaret Simeon
This sampler was worked by Mary Groome in 1704. It is one of a group of twelve now known in various public and private collections that were apparently worked by pupils of a teacher called Judeth (or Juda) Hayle in the town of Ipswich in Suffolk. The group range in date between 1691 and 1710, and between them share a number of the same motifs and patterns, as well as a moral verse, declaring that 'larnin [learning] is most excellent'. Each acknowledges the guidance of Judeth Hayle, either citing her as 'dame', or including her initials.