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Museum & Reference Sites

Find My Past
Another option for genealogical research, specific to the U.K.

National Museum of American History
This "object group" of select items within the Museum's collection focuses on samplers done by American girls. Nice intro about the history of samplers in America.

Sampler Consortium
The Sampler Consortium is a newly formed, international organization of scholars, historians, curators, educators, genealogists, textile conservators, collectors, dealers, and needlework experts interested in the study of historic samplers and other girlhood embroideries. Their first project has been to increase access to online sources of information related to historic samplers and other girlhood embroideries.

Sharon b's Dictionary of Stitches for Hand Embroidery and Needlework
To assist those who are new to the craft of hand embroidery each stitch is categorized as to its degree of difficulty. An icon of a single pair of scissors indicates that the stitch is easy to work and you should not hesitate to try it. If you are new to learning needlework. If you see two scissors, the stitch requires more skill. Three scissors indicate that the stitch needs skill and practice.

Simply Samplers Exhibition
An exhibition that includes 23 embroidered samplers produced in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The pieces have come from Museums across the East of Scotland, and many are going on show for the first time. This website is also a great reference with tons of background information about the history of samplers. Be sure to look at the FAQs.

Tennessee Sampler Survey
The Tennessee Sampler Survey is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to document and preserve Tennessee's textile heritage.

Textile Museum
Link to the 2002 document containing International Directory of Textile Collections as compiled by the volunteers and staff of Textile Museum.

Wisconsin Historical Museum
Link directly to this museum's online sampler collection.

Sampler Guilds

Lake Michigan Sampler Guild
Email Marilyn Fettinger, Webmaster, LMSG //mfettinger@gmail.com//

Tudor Rose Sampler Guild (Texas)
Those interested in joining can email Gloria Moore at gloria@miladysneedle.com for more information. (updated April 2011)