American and European Embroidered Samplers, 1600–1900The Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 16, 2015–February 15, 2016
The embroidered samplers in this installation were chosen for their practical character: each displays skills and knowledge acquired during the educational process and preserves this expertise for future reference. While these are notably functional samplers, even with more decorative examples, the maker's skill and creativity were tempered by her adherence to traditional patterns, passed down over the years by means of earlier samplers, patterns books, or instructional manuals.
Samplers were made as part of a young woman's education, either at a formal school or under informal tutelage at home. Through most of the eighteenth century, in both Europe and America, most girls were expected to learn only practical skills—basic reading, writing, and sums, along with sewing and cooking—to prepare them for their roles as wives, mothers, and homemakers.
The Museum has more than eight hundred samplers from Europe and North America. The survival of so many of these embroideries indicates a continuing appreciation for the skill they demonstrate, for their charming variations on a theme, and, perhaps most of all, for the names of the makers, which were proudly added to many of these pieces when their work was done. For many, these samplers are the only remaining trace of the lives they lived.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Another turn around
So happy I followed the steps down to this intimate collection of Cross Stitched Samplers. Reminds me of how many projects I have yet to finish. Perhaps this also shows that I should add my name to my works as well. I love that there is such a vast collection surviving at the Met.
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