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Couleur Tourterelle - Reproduction samplers by Meriem Chauvet 

 

All the latest news for Couleur Tourterelle Reproduction samplers, as published in Creative Poppy's newsletter.


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Couleur Tourterelle Original and Reproduction sampler side by sideMeriem Chauvet - Collector and Needlework designer

 

Meriem Chauvet, the designer behind Couleur Tourterelle, is an expert stitcher and collector of antique 19th and early 20th century samplers, mostly of French and European origin.

 

Every sampler tells a story. The designer brings each one back to life, researching every motif, painstakingly reproducing every stitch, even the most faded and frayed, seeking similar materials so you can reproduce it in its full glory. These exceptionally rich reproduction charts make you travel back in time and feel almost intimate with the stitcher of yore. A pure pleasure to cross stitch.

Couleur Tourterelle Reproduction sampler and Original sampler side by side


A remarkable sampler by an 11-year old

 

It must have taken many hours to young Clémence to complete her sampler, under the guidance of the nuns teaching at her rural catholic school, near Chartres in France. With wonderful colors perfectly matched with the original, the design features numerous birds, remarkably this pair of nesting ones among foliage and wild flowers. A cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle.

Clémence Jauneau 1889 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

Clémence Jauneau 1889

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Clémence Jauneau 1889 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

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Vivacious Bird sampler

 

The vivacious bird featured on this reproduction sampler is showing off colorful feathers. Bright-eyed and full of life, it has its head turned as if on the lookout for food or danger. Stitchers of the time - late 19th century - would often pick motifs in various pattern booklets. They would however have to do with the yarn colors they had access to, and often adapt the motif. In this case, the stitcher did a wonderful job with colors. A reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle.

 

B Brard 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

B Brard 1893

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
B Brard 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

More reproduction patterns with Birds

 

Couleur Tourterelle - Mathilde Pecherans zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Mathilde Pecherans
Couleur Tourterelle
Couleur Tourterelle - A G 1893 zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
A G 1893
Couleur Tourterelle
Couleur Tourterelle - Mina Nagelhout 1864 (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Mina Nagelhout 1864
Couleur Tourterelle

Puzzling letter order

 

What is striking about this reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle is the unusual order of the letters of the first alphabet. This is by design, to help young pupils of the needlework class learn and memorize those stitched letters. Letters were taught by type, first straight letters, then rounded letters (O P Q B R), and diagonal letters (K A, V, W, X, Y, Z). Similar letters were taught in pairs (U and J, M and N).

 

The first alphabet is notably a variation linenmaid's alphabet, the letters used for "marking" household linen with ones initials (and a number), for the sake of identifying each piece. It was still in vogue at the dawn of the 20th century in France and we can presume the students of the school were expected to know how to stitch them...

 

Juila Waterloo 1904 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

Juila Waterloo 1904

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Juila Waterloo 1904 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 

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More patterns featuring the Linenmaid's alphabet

 

Almost a hundred years apart, these 19th and early 20th century French samplers all use the linenmaid's alphabet, albeit slightly modified for the later ones, where letters are all aligned at 7 stitches high.

 

Couleur Tourterelle - E Loir (cross stitch chart )
E Loir
Couleur Tourterelle - Thérèse barral 1843 (cross stitch chart)
Thérèse barral 1843
Couleur Tourterelle - Marie Cantais 1877 (cross stitch chart)
Marie Cantais 1877
Couleur Tourterelle - Madame Tougas 1904 (cross stitch chart)
Madame Tougas 1904

French compliment sampler

 

While 18th and early 19th century French samplers mainly featured religious themes, as charted motifs stared to be published, sampler layout and style changed altogether, with ornament becoming the main focus.


Among these samplers a unique category of "compliment  samplers" became popular. These featured a short poem expressing gratitude and paying tribute to a loved one. This sampler dated 1893 is a fine illustration of the genre, with the text elegantly nested among colorful motifs. 

 

AG 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

AG 1893

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
AG 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 


An intriguing sampler and a fascinating story

 

When Meriem Chauvet of Couleur Tourterelle first saw the intriguing original sampler, with its palace and air of Arabian night fairy tales, only signed Maria Lhomme, and not even dated, she could not resist investigating further. Pouring through masses of documents, she identified the actual building which, it turned out, was as sumptuous inside as it was outside. A large pool of water with fountains, surrounded by exotic plants, occupied the interior. If you look closely through the arches you can indeed guess the presence of the basin. We will not disclose the full story here, but it will be revealed to you in detail in the introductory pages of the chart, supported by beautiful period illustrations.

 

Maria Lhomme cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

Maria Lhomme

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Maria Lhomme cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 


Travels with a donkey

 

This turn of the century French sampler, part of Meriem Chauvet's private collection, features a very attractive alphabet with ornate letters and a donkey motif, actually from an existing Sajou chart published decades earlier. Of particular interest is the use of double running stitch outlining some motifs in a contrasting color, in order to provide extra emphasis. A cross stitch reproduction sampler from Couleur Tourterelle.

 

Jeanne Podebon 1906 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

Jeanne Podebon 1906

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Jeanne Podebon 1906 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 

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Getting ready for marriage

 

Well over 150 years ago, two young girls, one living in rural France, the other in Flanders, complete their sampler.

 

Marie Joséphine, no doubt the youngest of the two, carefully reproduces the letters her elders have taught her. The letters are from the linenmaid's alphabet used for "marking" household linen. Using the exact same letters she practiced stitching in the sampler, she will later cross stitch her own initials on each piece of household linen, as she builds her trousseau in anticipation of the day she gets married.

 

Marie Joséphine Brayard 1856 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Marie Joséphine Brayard 1856
Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Marie Joséphine Brayard 1856 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 

By contrast, Catherine Elisabeth is already 16 years old. The central motif of her work is the biblical scene of Adam & Eve. Most interesting however is the bird cage on the right, a symbol of marriage (see detail on pattern page). Other motifs include a cradle and more domestic items. No doubt the young stitcher already had marriage in mind.

 

Both patterns are from Meriem Chauvet's private collection of antique samplers and the Couleur Tourterelle reproduction charts are exact replicas of the originals.

 

Catherine Elisabeth Masson 1826 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Catherine Elisabeth Masson 1826
Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Catherine Elisabeth Masson 1826 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

Turn of the 19th century reproduction samplers by Couleur Tourterelle

 

From Meriem Chauvet's private collection here are two antique works reproduced in perfectly identical cross stitch charts. The antique samplers are still in their original frame. The first one stitched in woolen threads - bright wool colors having just been introduced thanks to innovations in dyes, and both are stitched on canvas, also an innovation of the time making it easier to stitch than linen, an ancestor of sorts of Aida fabric.

 

Zélie Lecoeuvre 1873 cross stitch pattern by Couleur Tourterelle

Zélie Lecoeuvre 1873
Reproduction sampler pattern by Couleur Tourterelle
Zélie Lecoeuvre 1873 cross stitch pattern by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1
B. Marsallat 1905 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

 

B. Marsallat 1905

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
B. Marsallat 1905 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

Tracing back the origins of the motifs

 

What makes both these designs particularly interesting is that Meriem Chauvet has been able to trace back the origins of some of the motifs used by the stitchers.

 

In the case of Zélie, the stitcher picked four of her motifs from the 1852 issue of a women's fashion magazine of the time, "Le magasin des familles". The magazine was in black and white but included some extra sheets, one of them a color cross stitch chart, quite innovative too for the times. No doubt each issue of the magazine was preciously preserved in each household as this sampler was only stitched 20 years later.

 

In the case of B. Marsallat, two of the motifs, the running dog and the beehive were picked in separate Sajou catalogues. Those charts were monochrome.

 

xxx - Zélie Lecoeuvre 1873 (cross stitch chart)
Zélie Lecoeuvre 1873

xxx - motif picked in the August 1852 issue of women's fashion magazine “Le Magasin des Familles” (cross stitch chart)
Motif picked in the

August 1852 issue of

women's fashion magazine

“Le Magasin des Familles”

xxx - B. Marsallat 1905 (cross stitch chart)
B. Marsallat 1905
xxx - Motifs picked in two different issues of Sajou catalogues (cross stitch chart )
Motifs picked in two different issues of Sajou catalogues

 


Symmetry & Asymmetry

 

How do you achieve balance in a sampler?  Here is a wonderful example - an amazing late 19th century French sampler, that has newly joined Meriem Chauvet's private collection - where most of the sampler is laid out symmetrically, motifs mirroring each other, yet the large asymmetrical flower in the basin provides life and movement. Each of the elements of this sampler are lovely for themselves, the elaborate alphabets, the carnation border, the delicate birds, but it is the whole, as it was no doubt carefully put together, that provides this stunning visual impact.

 

This Reproduction Sampler is brought to you by Meriem Chauvet of Couleur Tourterelle.

 

Jeanne Bernard cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Jeanne Bernard
Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Jeanne Bernard cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1
Jeanne Bernard cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1Jeanne Bernard cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1Jeanne Bernard cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 


Travelling through time and color

 

Meriem Chauvet, the designer of Couleur Tourterelle collects old samplers, looking for the smallest detail that tells its story, analyzing the slightest traces of fibers on the wrong side - those that have resisted light and hungry moths - bringing colors back to life, identifying every single cross stitch, even when it is shifted by a single thread of fabric.

 

Thanks to her painstaking efforts, samplers regain the splendor of their youth, such as this trio of works of French origin and dating from mid 19th century onwards. Stitchers have always loved color and when colorful woollen yarns became available, they certainly knew how to make good use of them!

 

Anaïs Hermitte 1856 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Anaïs Hermitte 1856
Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Anaïs Hermitte 1856 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1
Marie Cantain 1877 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Marie Cantais 1877
Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Marie Cantain 1877 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1
J st A cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
J st A
Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
J st A cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 

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