The sampler registry was created to locate and document samplers in Canada for the purpose of study and research. The samplers that are in museums and private collections reflect the diversity of our nation. Some of the samplers were brought to our shores by immigrants; many stitched here reveal the ethnic origins of the individual’s family and community as well as hope for the future in this land. The samplers show vast diversity of skill in embroidery and design, and range from the simplest school child alphabet samplers to sophisticated work using a variety of scripts, imaginative motifs and pleasing colour combinations.
Research into samplers has become quite popular in recent years, and the collecting and study of samplers has increased the value and respect of the works. There are many websites for sampler enthusiasts, and kits of materials for making reproductions of old samplers abound.
Every submission must have at least one photo to accompany it, labelled clearly as to which form it is connected with. When submitting photos, please, send high resolution photos, one photo of the entire piece, and then close-ups of various sections to illustrate interesting stitches, motifs, etc.
EAC Sampler Registrar
Box 41, RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S3
Your submission will be added to the data base, and you will receive a registration number and certificate to attach to the sampler. This will show that the information has been documented for future researchers.
The EAC library has CD-ROMs with photos of samplers already in the collection. Please contact the Librarian to borrow a copy of the CD.
Carolyn Beacroft has prepared several articles on samplers of historical interest. These PDF documents open in a new page.