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Stitched Samplers: Voices from the Past


What were you doing when you were twelve years old: riding bikes with friends, lip synching to your favorite band, watching bad TV shows, making cookies? I might have a hard time remembering exactly what occupied my time when I was twelve, but I am absolutely certain that I was not embroidering an intricate sampler as Margaret Barnholt was in 1831.
sampler, embroidery, silk, cotton, Church, weeping willow, alphabet, numbers, needlework

O Love, Remember Me


Today marks the 138th wedding anniversary of Margaret and John Hoog, an event memorialized in this unusual sampler. While the majority of sampler makers were schoolgirls working to complete their needlework education, Margaret Hoog took needle in hand to commemorate her 1875 marriage. In the center of the sampler, instead of the usual alphabets, verse, or family history, she stitched a poignant message to her husband: “John the Hoog/O Love/Remember me/Margaret Hoog/Married 1875 June 3.”
sampler, immigration, marriage

Family Registers and Family Legends


Considered a genteel accomplishment, needlework was an important component of female education in colonial and federal America. Family register samplers,  such as this late 18th century example worked by twelve-year-old Alicia Lawrence (1787–1866) of Hartford, Connecticut, were frequently made during the later phase of girls’ needlework training, and were a popular way of documenting and preserving family histories.
sampler, family register, Alicia Lawrence, Charles Sheldon, Alice Adams, Nathan Hale, William Lawrence, embroidery, 18th century, needlework

Extreme Mending


When we talk about sustainability, why don’t we talk about mending? The Netherlands-based Platform 21=Repairing project and its offshoot, Repair Cafés, do just that. Platform 21=Repairing published a manifesto extolling the benefits of mending, and the Repair Cafés bring together skilled tinkerers and those with items in need of repair together in a free social space over tea and coffee.
sampler, repair, sustainability, Dutch, Netherlands, 18th century

Popular objects


Once a month the Digital & Emerging Media team will be reporting back on how objects in the collection circulate online. And here's our first missive.
permanent collection, embroidery, sampler, Kodak, camera, Peter Pan, wallpaper, doorplate, Saul Bass