Wednesday 26 March 2014

Winterthur Sampler Collection On Line

A trip to Winthertur was amongst the many highlights of a visit to the USA some years ago - it took me a while to get there, but when I did it was worth all the effort. There were very few samplers on display at the time but I am now delighted to see the collection on line. I really love New York story-book samplers like the one above.

I was totally surprised to see the variety of Quaker samplers from a number of different schools, Rebecca Way's sampler stitched at the Brandywine Boarding School is very simple and elegant and like Westtown samplers.

I wonder if Amy Pim was a relative of Elizabeth Pim who stitched the earliest known Quaker sampler in Ireland. Amy was a scholar at Plymouth School.

And here is one of those fabulous stitched globes which were all the vogue at Westtown at the time.

This work by Ruth Bowyers was stitched at the Southern Boarding School at Duck Creek in 1802 and has many points of similarity with Westtown samplers again, though there are several cartouches there which would not look out of place on an English Ackworth School sampler.

One of my personal favourites is this sampler by Ingeber B Vandever - it has such lovely detailing. To enjoy this samplers for yourself - and many more, just click here. Thank you so much Winterthur!.

Needleprint 10th Anniversary - Save $95.

To share our 10th anniversary celebrations with you, we are offering throughout the month of March 2014 a Free Goodhart Samplers Book or a Free Feller Needlework Collection Volume 1 with every copy of The Feller Needlework Collection Volume 2. You can take advantage of this special offer today. It comes with all our kindest wishes in this our last year before retirement.

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