Samplers were pieces of cloth, usually linen, that featured hand-embroidered designs using thread made of silk, wool, or cotton.In the 16th century, young European girls made samplers as a way of learning embroidery techniques that would be useful in the repair of household linens.Samplers showed a girl's needlework or embroidery skill.When assessing a sampler, look for imagery relating to events in the stitcher's life.By the late 1770s, alphabet samplers were used for instruction or didactic purposes.Young girls who made samplers were taught about religion, math, geography and mapmaking, and letter forms in the process of stitching samplers. To determine if the sampler is English or American, remove it from the frame.Most English samplers are crafted on Tammy cloth, a wool fabric.
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