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Ruth Wrigley embroidered her sampler on a single open-weave canvas in 1838. She planned it very carefully, making it almost, but not quite, symmetrical, and leaving no spaces. Using muted coloured silks and just cross stitch, she nevertheless created different textures by the alteration in the spacing of the stitches, and the mingling of shades. The quality of her embroidery was superior to that of her spelling. This sampler, which has remained in excellent condition, has been edged with lace before being framed and glazed.