The Museon Arlaten in Arles is one of my favourite pleasures while I am on holiday in France. It is a small but perfectly formed museum of everyday life in Arles and its book shop has stunning publications on local costume history. I am writing this away from home, and when I am home I shall create another pdf download for you with more information. There are not many early samplers in France, but I thought you would love to see these darling two which come to you with the good wishes of the curator. The alphabet on the second sampler reminds me of alphabets I have seen on some Irish samplers. I was thinking today that borders round samplers remind me of the borders around printed chintz scarves and shawls of the time.