Unfinished sampler, no date.

Cotton fabric, wool threads, 423 mm x 270mm.

This sampler is a real mess. Not only is it not finished, it looks as if its sewer hated working on it. Why then have it in the Museum Collection and why display it here? It stands here for all the thousands of samplers that reluctant hands were forced to work on at school and that were abandoned at the first opportunity. It gives us another perspective on samplers - not everybody enjoys needlework!

We have no information on the reluctant embroiderer responsible for this work. Rosemary Heydon donated it along with many other items in 1990.
Production Date
20th Century
Sampler 440x280mm
Mount 456x352mm