A Digitised Book on Samplers

For anyone interested in samplers and their history I discovered the 1926 edition of Leigh Ashton’s Samplers Selected and Described as a digitised book free online. The overview from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries covers primarily English samplers but European and American samplers are also included. The book contains …

Botanical Illustrations created by Women

Gardens, flora and fauna have long been a source of inspiration to stitchers. Floral themes run through out the history of textiles and embroidery. Many of the early embroidery designs were adapted from early herbals. Stitchers still delight in floral themes today. In 2001 an exhibition that explored the relationship …