I have been fascinated by samplers since I began to stitch over 40 years ago. This fascination has made me very interested in the history of samplers and more specifically, finding out what makes something a sampler. I also wanted to learn about the different types of samplers. As I was researching, I found the variety of definitions for sampler captivating. Even the Loudoun Sampler Guild, “a group devoted to the preservation and study of sampler” did not have a single definition. Of all the definitions that I found, my favorite is from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: “A decorative piece of cloth embroidered with various designs or mottoes in a variety of stitches, serving as an example of skill at needlework.”
What is your favorite definition of a sampler? Please share with us.
During my research I used many references, here are my favorites:
- Sampler & Antique Needlework: A Year in Stitches – Symbol of Excellence Publishers, Inc., 1994
- Embroidered Samplers – Dorothea Kay, 1979
- Cross Stitch and Sampler Book – Jan Eaton and Liz Mundle, 1985
- Samplers: Five Centuries of a Gentle Craft – Anne Sebba, 1979
- Traditional Samplers – Sarah Don, 1986
What are your favorite references? Please share with us.
Our next discussion topic will be exploring the different types of samplers.