Skip to main content Needlework Samplers. Love this series. So many wonderful ideas. See All Buying Options. Therefore the covers of the two books carry identical titles as well as similar artwork. Contents of the two books are completely different. From records that do exist, we can surmise that from very early times, needleworkers used the crudest of materials and tools to create utilitarian pieces that are today considered to be works of needle art. Within the realm of needlework lies sampler-making. While the earliest surviving example of what is believed to be a sampler from the early Nazca culture dates to between A. I don’t necessarily like the over-all style of these samplers but they are quite good in personalization, complexity, and number of motifs for each sign of the zodiac.
A sampler is an embroidered panel of fabric sewn as a reference or a to demonstrate a range of sewing skills and different stitches. They typically incorporate letters, numbers, a short poem or motto, the name and age of the child and the date. A sampler would probably have a variety of different stitches, and would be kept by the girl as a reference for future work. The history of tapestry goes back before this, ie; the Baeyuex Tapestry depicting the battle of Hastings in The samplers of this era where generally very long and thin and are known as Band Samplers and are pieces of cloth with a range of stitches.
Antique and Vintage Samplers were often stitched by children and young people in the home. They were a form of embroidery to develop needlework skills.
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Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly Collection believed to be a sampler from the early Nazca culture dates to between A.D full review.
Samplers are a form of embroidery that evolved in the 17thC, used to demonstrate needlework skills. Most commonly, samplers are stitched by children, using silk or wool thread, onto a canvas ground. They often feature alphabets, numbers, verses and motifs. They are then mounted into a frame, ready for hanging on a wall. Samplers have been stitched for many centuries and are still stitched today.
We are mainly interested in samplers created between around and They resonate with social history. The changing significance through the centuries of embroidery and stitch work in the lives of women, from royalty to ordinary school children, is utterly fascinating. Motifs were often full of symbolism passed from generation to generation over centuries and across national boundaries by means of pattern books and borrowed examples.
A needlework sampler is a piece of embroidery or cross-stitching produced as a ‘specimen of achievement’  , demonstration or a test of skill in needlework. The word sampler is derived from the Latin exemplum , which means ‘example’. The earliest sampler extant is a spot sampler, i. It is estimated to date from ca. It has seventy-four figures of birds, plants and mythological beings.
Coptic sampler fragments  of silk on linen in double running stitch and pattern darning have been found in Egyptian burial grounds of — CE.
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A Early Regency style print an embroidered bird for a bride and groom made by Elizabeth Willetts in a frame together with a Georgian style An 18thC needlwork sampler, decorated with a prayer, within a floral border, indistinctly named Anne Child, May , 29cm x 29cm AF. Two early 19th century cross stitch samplers, the first example a Alphabet sampler dated , the second example also an Alphabet example dated An early Victorian needlework alphabet sampler, being the work of Margaret Gardes in , in moulded oak frame under glass, 44 cm x 29 cm.
Millhouse, , framed, 24 x Framed sampler worked by Ann Broster, aged 11 year, January 17th , decorated with central religious verse surrounded by angels, dogs, decorati Pictorial sampler dated worked by Rose Ada Featherstone, featuring a house, sailing ships, angels, animals, flowering trees within a foliate Group of three embroidered panels, including silk WWI cards, 29 x 29cms; embroidery sampler , 40 x 27cms and a signed needlework panel, 38 x A late 19th century cross stitch needlework sampler by Hilda Annie Mary Jones aged 10 years, dated , incorporating flower vases, verse, alphab Three framed 19th century needlework samplers, dated from to , the largest 35 cm x 33 cm.
Embroidery – a history of needlework samplers
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Antique Sampler, Needlework; Ann Barneys Work, Aged 9 Years, Dated Lovely clear stitching says (with spelling errors) The Day of Judgement All.
Hubers AntiqueSamplers. Lydia A. Thurston Charleston, SC c. Pierce Erchfont, England Antique needlework sampler by S. Stanton Pokeepsie i. Dowell, c. Cropper Worcester County, MD c.
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By the s, samplers depicting alphabets and numerals were worked by young women to learn the basic needlework skills needed to operate the family household. The parents of these young women proudly displayed their embroideries as showpieces of their work, talent, and status. In recent years, samplers have become important in museum collections as representations of early American female education. Many are signed, and some are inscribed with locations and the names of teachers and schools.
The emergence of large numbers of these samplers has resulted in much research in diaries, account books, letters, newspaper ads, local histories, and published commentary that is helping to illuminate the lives of women in early America. There are American samplers in the Textile Collection.
Whether a sampler is American, English, Scottish, Dutch or Spanish there can be certain visual clues that make its origin known. After years of study, we can easily identify characteristics and compositions from not only certain regions, but specific schools, as well. American samplers can be identified by regional characteristics; i. The format, whether horizontal or vertical, the stylization of flower blossoms, and borders can all give insight into the origin and date of a sampler. Genealogical research helps where possible, as well but the physical characteristics of sampler must come first in the identification process.
Generally, English samplers are more commonly worked on a fine wool ground, rather than the linen ground greatly favored by American samplermakers. Samplers made in Englandwill frequently have a more formal, symmetrical composition with small, sometimes tiny, motifs spaced evenly on both left and right of a larger central image, often arranged in mirror-image format. American samplers have a more organic quality, generally not symmetrical, with more vining plants and scrolling borders.
Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule. Certainly not, although a great many English samplermakers did include crowns on their work. Crowns are found on samplers that were made in many different countries. They are merely small decorative motifs used often on English samplers, as well as Scottish, Dutch, German, and are commonly found on American samplers.