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Here are some links to various sites I find helpful for sampler and embroidery enthusiasts. If you know of a site you think should be listed here, please contact me.


The Embroiderers' Story is a fabulous blog about a project at Plimoth Plantation from 2007-2009. Read all about A Paradise of Silk & Gold: Recreating a Stuart Jacket and see wonderful pictures relating to this entire project. Note -- as of March, 2009, this blog has moved to a new website.

"The needle's excellency: English needlework of the Tudor and Stuart periods in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston", published in Magazine Antiques, June, 1996, by Nicola J. Shilliam

Museums and Historical Societies:

Museum of London has an interesting website with a lot of wonderful information about English society at various stages of history. Searches in their Picture library for textiles generally return no results. However, there is a link to the Elizabeth Meadow sampler at - type "samplers" in the Search box, and it's listed as "Linen sampler - 17th century" (there are two images available).

Stitched Together, the exhibit co-hosted by the Clarke House Museum and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois, is now over, but a few catalogs covering all the samplers in the exhibit are still available from us. Please email with subject of Clark House for information.

V & A (Victoria & Albert) Museum, London (hint, to see items in the textile collection click on the "Search the Collection" link in the "Collections" column. Then type either "samplers" or "textiles" in the search box and click the Search button.)

Sampler Guilds, Dealers and Shops:

The Sampler Guild - England

Lake Michigan Sampler Guild

M. Finkel & Daughter - Philadelphia

Witney Antiques - England

Madelena Antiques - England


Easy Grapher needlework design programs - our preferred charting and stitch design software provider.

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