Sample from The Netherlands (?), dated 1779 (TRC 2008.0431).During this Wednesday morning workshop we will explore and experiment with the world of samples and (the more intricate) samplers. For many people a sample or sampler is produced in cross stitch and includes a name, year, letters and isolated images, but the world of samplers is actually much more complicated and includes band, commemorative, design, globe, map, mending, moral, stitch, and many other forms.
We will start with a powerpoint presentation about the various forms of European samplers over the last 600 or so years, and then move on to Middle Eastern examples, such as the medieval Egyptian Mamluk samplers and modern Moroccan pieces. We will also look at early colonial samplers from North America; Sudanese examples; Palestinian work, and so forth. We will then examine some of the actual samples and samplers in the TRC collection, before starting trying out some sampler designs ourselves, including some medieval Egyptian Mamluk patterns in various stitches, or the typically Dutch, spinning woman/monkey motif.