Early American Samplers


Artist or Art Form Early American Samplers (Alphabet)
Project Type Early American Samplers (Alphabet)
Name Carolyn Malkin and Karen Myers
Grade First
Teacher/School Lynch/KHS
Date of Presentation November 1, 2002
Resources Used

Books:  Library books - there are lots on samplers


Other: Samplers made by a classroom mother

Project Description

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 samplers.  

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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