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Traditional Samplers [Hardcover]

Sarah Don

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26 April 1986
22 colourful and exciting projects with complete charts and instructions including a brief history of the art and skills of sampler making. Colour photographs illustrate every project in detail.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A How-to Book With Both Feet Firmly Planted in the Past 8 Dec 2008
By Theseus - Published on

Twenty-two colourful projects -- each one inspired by an actual sampler made in England, America, Holland or Germany between 1500 -1900. Many full-page color illustrations.

The instructions are detailed and printed with great clarity. A big plus.

Traditional subjects are used: Alphabets, Adam and Eve, American Fort and Animals, Gift Sampler, Noah's Ark, Quaker Seminary, Lamb of God...

Stitches, threads and fabrics are varied to suit all tastes and abilities. with plenty of scope for the experienced needlworker to develop their own ideas.

There is also a brief history of the art and skills of sample making with photographs of collected pieces. With appendices, and index, and a bibliography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sampler Lover's Dream 15 Dec 2002
By Jennifer M. Doherty - Published on
Beautiful examples of traditional samplers with patterns and historical background descriptions. Chapters cover important topics such as "Symbols and Verses", "Making a Sampler", and "Stitches". The projects are well laid out and easy to read. A fantastic book to add to any needleworker's library!! Color photos as well as black and white. Much to absorb!! Wonderful book!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars History Revealed 14 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on
If you've ever wondered the history behind cross-stitch samplers, you must read this book, not just glance at the design charts.
Sarah Don vividly describes the history behind this particular type of needlecraft by era and area detailing our past social problems and successes in a heart-rendering but exposing light.
You'll never look at a sampler the same way again.
The book makes an excellent reference guide for those who want to add historical flavoring to their design work. My only disappointment was that the pictures of historical works were black and white and the patterns given seem fairly outdated now.
5.0 out of 5 stars sampler book 21 Oct 2013
By mary - Published on
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It was received in excellent condition. Really well researched and illustrated. A great addition to my collection, I can't wait to try some of the design ideas. I would recommend this title to others interested in needlework, this not just another run of the mill title.
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