Early American Samplers
|Artist or Art Form||Early American Samplers (Alphabet)|
|Project Type||Early American Samplers (Alphabet)|
|Name||Carolyn Malkin and Karen Myers|
|Date of Presentation||November 1, 2002|
Books: Library books - there are lots on samplers
Other: Samplers made by a classroom mother
Description: We took squares of white cotton fabric and tightened them into embroidery hoops (available at Michael's craft stores). Then we penciled on square borders with a capital and lowercase letter inside. The students used small x's to represent cross-stitching on the letters and designed their own borders. We used thin colored markers. They put their names and the date at the bottom--as in genuine samplers.
Materials: Squares of white cotton fabric, embroidery hoops (available at Michael's craft stores) and thin colored markers
Presentation Time: 1 hour
|Presentation Content||We discussed the differences between school in the 1700's and 1800's--what children learned and the tools they used (slates and chalk rather than markers and paper). Then we talked about how children learned their alphabet and numbers by stitching them (also practicing sewing -- an important skill at the time). Today, samplers are considered an art form.|
|Comments||They were fascinated by
the real samplers we brought in and the fact that they were made by young
children so long ago. They spent a long time decorating their own
This tied into the classroom study of colonial life, scheduled for the month of November. The age level was perfect, as the kids are practicing writing their letters and numbers in first grade.
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