These Various Threads I Drew: Needlework Samplers from the Permanent Collection

These Various Threads I Drew: Needlework Samplers from the Permanent Collection

Jan. 12, 2018 - June 2018

Explore the secret world of 19th century women through their needlepoint samplers. Selected from the museum’s historical textile collection, the samplers on display showcase ornate design patterns, embroidery stitches, and sentiments of women who were living in Arkansas and beyond. Made by school girls who were practicing a skill they would master over a lifetime, a carefully stitched alphabet, a flowering vine, and a two story schoolhouse capture the talent and world of these youthful makers.

Other samplers mourn the loss of loved ones, and mark the departed lives of friends and family. No matter their original purpose, the needlepoint samplers in this exhibit offer a rare glimpse at the exceptional talents and lives of these otherwise anonymous American women.

This exhibit continues in the STUDY GALLERY through June 2018.


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These Various Threads I Drew: Needlework Samplers from the Permanent Collection