Eugénie Pays ca. 1880

Eugénie Pays ca. 1880: Original
Eugénie Pays ca. 1880: Choosing Colours
Eugénie Pays ca. 1880: Detail of the Original
Eugénie Pays ca. 1880: Replica
Eugénie Pays ca. 1880: Reproduction by Sabine Taterra-Gundacker

Sometime or other Eugénie’s sampler was "unloved" – the floss moth-eaten, speckled, frayed, crumpled and damp had let the colors run. Thus "Eugénie" came to me. A bargain price on ebay, because no one wanted to have the sampler.

A little treasure. A beautiful rose pattern repeat, an enchanting French alphabet and two flaming hearts with symbolic content. Eugénie Pays of Saint-Gilles in France was 11 years old when she was executing her sampler with thick woolen threads on "airy" fabric. Definitely she was helped herself by someone to customise the design.

Probably, this sampler was created before 1882, since until then the Catholic Church supplied school education. This is the background on which the compulsory education was generated and the state took over the task.

In all religions, in concerns of the heart the Almighty is troubled, asked for help and protection and also received thanks for anxiety, accidents, illness, love, family, future, ... Here we see the loving hearts, ancient symbol of love, of Jesus and the Mother of God.

The heart with the crown of thorns stands for Jesus’ heart, roses in the heart symbolise the love of Mary, sometimes pierced by a sword.

Popular piety gave rise to many variations of flaming hearts: on pictures in churches, on bridal wardrobes, double beds, votive offerings of pilgrims and also on French samplers.

Presumably, the Sajou company transformed these motifs into simple needlework patterns and brought out the alphabet.


chart: € 22.-

Crosses: 285 x 370

Size: 40.5 x 52.5 cm


cross stitch

Flaming Hearts

Flaming Heart 01
Flaming Heart 02
Flaming Heart 03
Flaming Heart 04
Flaming Heart 05
Flaming Heart 06
Flaming Heart 07
Flaming Heart 08
Flaming Heart 09
Flaming Heart 10
Flaming Heart 11
Flaming Heart 12
Flaming Heart 13
Flaming Heart 14
Flaming Heart 15
Flaming Heart 16
Flaming Heart 17
Flaming Heart 18
Flaming Heart 19
Flaming Heart 20