Thursday, 18 November 2010

624 Samplers to Enjoy On-Line Courtesy of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

Tonight you shall need a big pot of tea, of coffee, - or whatever you will, but do sit down and make time to enjoy this fabulous on-line sampler collection with examples from many countries as well as the USA, courtesy of the National Society of the Colonial Dames Of America.
This Little Brittain sampler is delightful and are those Holbein stitch decorations to the initials showing Scottish or Frisian descent or influence?
Here is a wonderful Spanish band sampler - there are more in the collection.
No sampler collection worth its salt is missing at least one Adam and Eve sampler!
And this one, you will guess from the half medallions at the top, is a Quaker sampler. Sibford Ferris was founded in 1842 - quite late, as Quaker Schools go, and is still a functioning school. But this sampler is dated 1806, so there must have been some schooling before the school itself was formally established. This is the second example I have seen from Sibford Ferris, there must be many more tucked away somewhere.....have you seen one?


  1. Great collection of samplers! Thanks for the information.

  2. The Adam and Eve sampler with the large birds looks Welsh to me, it it has all the ingredients. I scrolled through quickly but can't find any details.