ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 25, 2018
Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers
By Helen Wyld
Samplers were embroidered pictures made by girls, and occasionally boys, as part of their education. Scottish samplers are unique with regard to the amount of information that can be gathered from them. They often include the initials of extended family members as well as details of buildings, places and events, leading to the identification of almost all of these young embroiderers. Leslie Durst, an American with a passion for Scotland, has a collection of over 500 samplers dating from the early 18th to the late 19th century; a small section of them will be exhibited at the National Museum of Scotland 26 October 2018 to 21 April 2019. This book showcases these and reveals the stories behind many of them – embroidered records of two centuries of Scottish social history.
Helen Wyld is Senior Curator of Historic Textiles, National Museums Scotland.