The sampler exhibition I mentioned the other day also had examples of a different type of ‘school sampler’ – instead of embroidery they were more like what we probably would call needlework.  Most of us would have had a class that involved textiles and sewing machines – not for these girls, these samplers demonstrated skills that in those days were all done by hand!  As this board explains they were pieces that girls had to work to demonstrate sewing techniques that they would need in life.  They also had to be worked to a certain standard to gain a pass!

Come and walk through a sewing class of the 1880s
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These are from a slightly later time.

Does that bring back memories for any of you?
Tell me about all the Stabbed Fingers and Blood on Handiwork you encountered!

6/30 June Post a Day

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