There is a project called the New Zealand Sampler, and its aims are to create a database of samplers in New Zealand and to tell their unique stories.
What's a sampler?? Well, it's embroidery that highlights one's skill with the needle. Many of the old samplers were of the alphabet or featured intricate edging patterns, but some also depict homes or special events. They can carry historical significance along with sentimental value.
If you've got a sampler, either made in New Zealand or brought here, and would like to share your story, get in touch with Vivien Caughley of NZ Sampler. Her research may well result in a book.
Find out more on the New Zealand Sampler website
And see what samplers are all about from Te Papa's Collection of Samplers as well as searching on the NZ Museum website
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