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.
I was delighted to discover this 4 meter long band sampler. I have seen an Dutch/Australian band sampler that is similar to this one. Same sort of length and the same mix of practical stitchery and embroidery. Needless to say this tradition, in part informed my own sampler.
“The Tennessee Sampler Survey was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2004. Our mission is to document and preserve Tennessee’s needlework heritage. Our research includes documenting Tennessee samplers made prior to 1900. As of May 2009, we have located 210 samplers, 153 of which can be proven as Tennessean”
Why so proud of documenting 153 proven Tennessean samplers?
According to the about page until recently textile scholars has assumed that sampler making was not practiced in the South hence the enthusiasm at locating 210 samplers
It is a very well designed site which sampler enthusiasts will enjoy. You can move your mouse over the images to view the samplers in greater detail.
There is also a blog associated with the project. It is simply called the Tennessee Sampler project it is an extremely interesting read.
I occasionally get emails about the length of my band sampler asking if it would make the Guinness book of records. It would not, as the UK Embroiderers’ guild hold the record. You can read about it here
“With the help of over 7,000 participants of all ages and abilities from all over the world, the Embroiderers’ Guild are proud to announce that they have set a new Guinness World Record for stitching the “longest embroidery” at 605.55 metres (1,986.77 feet).”
With 7,000 people stitching it certainly is an amazing community based project. I find it interesting that the Longest embroidery in the World is hand stitched and not an individualistic project but something a group of people did together.