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Sample from The Netherlands (?), dated 1779 (TRC 2008.0431).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.

Don't hesitate if you want to bring an example from home for all of us to look at. Perhaps you can have a look at the relevant entries on samples and samplers in TRC Needles, just to get an idea of this fascinating aspect of decorative needlework. The workshop will be given by Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, director TRC. The maximum number of participants, for the time being, is five, so please register as soon as possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Costs are 35 euro, including materials and coffee/tea, to be paid on the day itself. Language of communication: Dutch (English if and when required).

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TRC Gallery exhibition:
5 Febr. -27 August 2020: American Quilts

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