I found a very Curious sampler and I wonder if anyone has encountered anything like it.
In the Salisbury Museum which has some great lace samples, some stumpwork, costume and accessories one of the items that caught my attention was a Sampler that recorded the results of the Wiltshire election of 1819. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Click on the image to see a larger view.
It was behind glass in a room that was not well lit and this is best photo I could do. As you can see each candidates name is recorded and the number of votes. The piece was works in cross stitch on what looks like linen.
There was no accompanying information and it has really sparked my curiosity as I cant remember seeing a sampler that recorded political results quite like this. If any of my readers know more about his or samplers like it please let me know.
My holiday is progressing well. If you are interested in our travels make a cuppa and visit Tones and tints
The Girl on the Wall, is an interesting piece of autobiographical embroidery. This sampler is the life story of Jean Baggot told via interlocking ‘circles of life’ which act a framework to illustrate each narrative.
This video interview explains how it came about and why the piece was made.
There is a second video that speaks a little more about the sampler and promotes her book.
Also there is the “Girl on the Wall” blog and website which is not to be missed as it covers how to work your own piece.
In the move I found some gems in the archive this is one of them. Imagine my pleasure in watching this video about a 4 meter long band sampler.
I have seen an Dutch/Australian band sampler that is similar to this one, only it was blue. It was the same sort of length and the same mix of practical stitchery and embroidery. I was told it was made by a needlwork teacher. Needless to say this tradition of creating a long thin band sampler, in part informed my own sampler.
Sorry no round up today as I have been a bit busy with the move. Back to normal tomorrow I promise!
Just a very quick note to let you people know I have been updating and working on 2 resources sites.
The first is page of resources about Needlework samplers as I know some people who are doing TAST 2012 are thinking of working a sampler. It covers not only the history of sampler making but also how to make your own.
I have also included some interesting video material on autobiographical samplers and links to journal samplers. Let me know in the comments if you have a journal or autobiographical type sampler I would be very interested in hearing about it.
Also a related resource is my resource page on hand embroidery. Once again I have tidied up and update this as I know there are many new hands reading and exploring the subject because of TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday)