Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

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.

Elizabeth McCrank Sampler

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.

The EAC library has copies of CDs that may be accessed. Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to borrow a CD.

If you wish to take part in this project by documenting samplers, contact the EAC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or complete our Sampler Registration Form (online fillable PDF) and mail to:

EAC Sampler Registrar
Box 41, RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S3

Alternatively, you may save and rename the file and send it electronically to the Sampler Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ensure your file(s) have your name as part of the file name. List any additional images as well. Please send us the hard copy with your signature and initials.

Please ensure you keep a copy for your records.

If you are submitting digital photographs for use in the Sampler Registry, we ask that they be of as high resolution as possible. Take photographs of the entire piece and then close-ups of the various sections. This will help those studying samplers online immensely! Questions? Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles written by Carolyn Beacroft on samplers of historical interest. These PDF documents open in a new page.

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