Case 16 - Samplers

Case 16 - Samplers

Samplers were first made in the sixteenth century and are still being made today. During their long history their form and function changed. What was once created as a practical tool – a reference for stitches and patterns used by embroiderers – played an integral role in the education of young girls.

Three generations of girls from the same family, all named Eleanor, stitched these samplers during the first half of the nineteenth century. They demonstrate skills important for young girls to master, including literacy, numeracy and needlework.

Museum of Cambridge
c. 1850

This sampler was made by Eleanor M.S. when she was around 10 years old. She used thread coloured... [Read more...]

Museum of Cambridge
c. 1800

Eleanor Coulson made the earliest sampler in this group when she was 13 years old. It includes a... [Read more...]

Museum of Cambridge
c. 1830

Eleanor Grey used many more colours in this sampler compared to that of her mother’s. Cross-... [Read more...]

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