Plight of Fancy: £13.00. Stitch count 235 x 383

Plight of Fancy found its inspiration in the 17th Century European band samplers. The roses are depicted full-face, as was common at the time . They are to be found on most samplers of this period together with acorns, carnations and "boxer" figures. The boxer is perhaps the most intriguing sampler motif. The term "boxer" derives from the figureís sideways and distinctly pugilistic stance with raised arm and clenched fist grasping a flower. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. The boxer is offering a flower to his beloved. It has been suggested that these figures are versions of Renaissance cupids or putti or, perhaps, Apollo pursuing Daphne. What appears to be a shrub or plant between the figures is the object of the boxerís desire. In continental European samplers the plants are obviously women but in England they evolved into bushes although the rounded "heads", wide "skirts" and splayed "feet" can, with a little imagination, be seen to represent stylised women.