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Exquisitely stitched samplers on display at Bulloch Hall in Roswell
by Joan Durbin
September 18, 2013 01:02 PM | 1749 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patience and precision coupled with an eye for color and design are hallmarks of a talented sampler stitcher.

Beginning Friday and running through Sept. 28, some exquisite examples of the craft will be exhibited at Roswell’s Bulloch Hall by the Magnolia Sampler Guild.

The show, “A Season of Handworke,” includes antique, reproduction and designer samplers from guild members’ private collections. In addition to more than 150 samplers, there will be “smalls,” scissors and stitching- related items.

According to guild member Katherine Gullo, needlework sampler is a piece of embroidery, hand stitched on fabric and worked in various stitches.

“Samplers, new and old, often include the alphabet, motifs, decorative borders and often the name of the person who embroidered it along with a date,” she said. “Many antique samplers were stitched by young school girls as part of their studies and are very valuable in today’s antique market.”

The fabric used for stitching is usually linen, Gullo said, and many threads or fibers are used for stitching samplers, commonly linen, cotton floss, silk or rayon

“Some of our members are lucky enough to own some antique samplers, a few have some they have been passed down through their family,” said another guild member, Barbara Haberly.

“Most of us stitch reproductions of early samplers. Someone who has access to an original early sampler obtains permission to make a chart of that sampler with all the stitches, patterns and colors charted so that others can reproduce their own faithful recreation of that sampler.”

In the exhibit there will also be examples of contemporary samplers, Haberly said. “These are not reproductions but are created by designers usually based on the look of the antique ones or commemorating a special event such as the birth of a baby or a wedding. Many are done for holidays so you have Christmas, Halloween, seasons of the year, and many more events.”

Something new this year will be a raffle for a beautiful sampler, stitched by a longtime member of the Magnolia Sampler Guild and on display in Bulloch Hall. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

On Friday and Saturday, from 10 a. m. to 4 p.m., the guild will host its boutique in the Osage Terrace Room at Bulloch Hall,

The house is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors.

For more information about the guild, contact its president, Jane Harp .at

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