The Emroiderers’ Guild NSW are holding a Beginners Sampler Workshop on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June.

The workshop will be run over two days and taught by the incredible Vivien Caugley who, quite literally, wrote the book on New Zealand Samplers and is renowned for her groundbreaking research on Cook Samplers as well as her initiating of inaugural New Zealand Sampler Gathering in 2007, focused on samplers and their making, which has been held biennially since then.

Samplers in museum collections are often separated from their provenances and stories.  This workshop reverses the approach.  Instead of looking at an historical sampler and wondering what it’s now-lost story might have been, it looks at an historical story and wonders what its now-lost sampler might have looked like.

The 1836 sampler created in this workshop imagines and interprets the historically accurate life-story of NSW-native Emma Tompson.

This workshop is brilliant preparation for understanding samplers seen in museum visits and for all sampler enthusiasts who want to take home their own piece of history.

This is a chance to stitch your own beautiful historic Australian sampler.  Minimal or no prior stitching experience required.

Cost:  $230.00 or, for members of the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society, provided they register before the East long weekend, $190.

Embroiderers Guild NSW, 76 Queen Street, Concord West, 2138.

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