Thursday, 3 January 2013

Inspiration at the museum

For the past two days I have been travelling in the north of New Zealand with my friend Kazumi.   We visited one of the mission houses where the Treaty which made this country a part of the British Empire, was signed.   Among all the historical objects were some very old and remarkably well preserved samplers.
This map was stitched on a very fine uneven linen and I can't begin to imagine how this was accomplished in the days of candle-light.


Further along on another wall was this sampler
Stitched in 1848 this one has obviously been kept in in a dark places as the colours had not faded much considering the years that had passed.  
And at the same place was this bed -  it doesn't look as comfortable as mine and I'm off to bed now.

Good night to all.

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful samplers, thank you for sharing your travels!

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  2. Really wonderful works! I love so much the antique samplers!

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  3. What wonderful samplers. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I enjoyed see the samplers that you posted, the map sampler is most interesting. And you are right that bed does not look very comfortable.
    Happy Stitching
    Denise

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  5. What a fun trip! I love learning about history, especially history that involves stiching.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your visit. It is truly amazing how much was accomplished with daylight lams and magnifiers.

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