“During our visit we were taken behind the scenes for a private view of the antique samplers with resident experts.
We were particularly fortunate as whilst we were in Williamsburg, the De Witt Museum were exhibiting Threads of Feeling – Documents and textiles from the Foundling Hospital, London. We had the expert curator, Christina Westenberger who talked about the exhibit but also guided us through their sampler collection. It was a marvellous experience – I wasn’t sure if I was prepared to stitch for a while – those young children worked such exquisite embroidery!
However, one of the exhibits was an exquisite pocket sampler and I just had to design one for myself. In the end, I did a four-pocket sampler and a set of little accessories some of which you can see in the pictures below.”