The Sampler Registry was undertaken by the EAC to locate and document samplers in Canada for the purpose of study and research. The samplers that have been documented in museums and private collections across Canada illustrate the variety of the backgrounds of Canadians. Although some of the samplers have come from foreign countries, samplers done in Canada reflect the ethnic origin of the girl's family and community. These samplers show a vast diversity of skill in embroidery and design and range from the simplest schoolgirl alphabet samplers to more sophisticated work using a variety of scripts, imaginative motifs and pleasing colour combinations.
Until recently samplers were given very little attention or value. Research into samplers continues and the collecting and studying of samplers has increased the value and respect for the genre.
EAC Sampler Registrar
Box 41, RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S3
Please ensure you keep a copy for your records.
Articles written by Carolyn Beacroft on samplers of historical interest. These PDF documents open in a new page.