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Museum & Reference Sites

Antique Kentucky Samplers     Antique Kentucky Samplers documents Kentucky needlework samplers from the eighteenth century to the antebellum period in an organized academic fashion on a single website. 

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.

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

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)