I've been a weaver for over 30 years (yikes!). I spent quite some time today in an upscale antique shop looking at a signed and dated "sampler" done by a young student at the Ackworth Quaker school in England in the 1700s. I would SWEAR it was handwoven with silk and linen on a linen ground, although the dealer was certain it was a sampler of "darning stitches." It appeared to me to be silk inlaid in three different strips of pattern (all twills) with three changes of treadling, separated by equal-width areas of plain weave. I've never seen anything like it but found it absolutely fascinating; anybody have a clue?
Cindy in NH