“The sampler collection at Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE) consists of more than thirty samplers which date from 1789 to 1857. Schools represented include Mary Balch School, Westtown School, Pleasant Hill Boarding School and Roseville School. The girls that made these samplers lived in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley and North East areas. Most of the collection belonged to Mrs. Louise du Pont Crowninshield (1877-1958).” Sally's accession no. 70.25.52.
Through Sally’s sampler we will study one of New England’s most famous female schools as well as the girls who attended it and the environment in which they thrived. We will further explore the history of the region and other samplers worked there during the eighteenth century to gain a deeper understanding of the evolution of colonial New England samplers. Samplers had been worked in the region since the latter decades of the seventeenth century. We will study samplers worked in Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the entire eighteenth century. The samplers and schoolgirls themselves come to life when they are considered in the context of how culture influenced them. Eighteenth-century New England was immensely rich when it came to how society, politics, economics and religion interacted. These forces will be the focus of our study.
The class will run for four months.
The lecture part of this class will concentrate on historical issues and related material culture.
Table of personal information comparing her with other Balch students and verse analysis.
Where the other schools were located in relation to Providence and table of personal information about the makers.
furniture, architecture, household items.
The technical part of this class will look at stitches used, threads and colors used and
how similar this sampler is to other Balch school samplers. Table of stitches/colors as a comparison tool.
Table of common motifs, where samplers are located.
Evolution of sampler design (starting with early Boston)
General history of how samplers changed during the period (in terms of technique and materials).
Other embroidered items such as pictorials, memorials, purses, bed hangings.
Stitches used are cross, cross over one, queen, rice, tent in every direction, stem, chain, flame and a bit of freehand.
Size: 9.5" x 10" (24cm x25cm)
Thread Count: 32 thr. per inch or 12 thr. per cm.
Recommended Level: Intermediate
Cost: $165 plus
Categories: Last Year, Teaching Samplers and Classes
All prices are in US Dollars.