Corona Sampler

Stitched by: Susannah

Pattern designed by: Self/public domain patterns

Self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in traditional crafts, like embroidery. This design is in the style of a traditional cross stitch sampler, mixing old and new elements. The lettering and the house are from 100 year old public domain pattern books, and I’ve modernised the sampler with my own design of a border of stylised corona molecules, and a saying that’s more contemporary than traditional. As samplers often include the year they were stitched, I’ve added the date the pandemic was declared (11 March). I designed and stitched this piece while socially distancing, angry at media footage of people crowding beaches.

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