Time to pack up this amazing exhibition!
The intention was for this exhibition to be held
over three weekends in November
but the days had to be extended until Christmas
as those ladies who visited at the beginning of the exhibition wanted to tell their friends
and to come again and as news spread,
stitching and church groups also wished to visit.
Thank you. Thank you, to everyone who loaned
their pieces of needlework so that I could create the displays. Without you, this event would not have been possible.
And, thank you too, to everyone who visited.
Without you, the exhibition would not have been
Some days the house was crowded - other days it was quite quiet.
Prior to this exhibition there has been no charge to visit any exhibitions at the Needlework Gallery but visitors to this exhibition were asked for a donation of $10.00 on their initial visit as proceeds were being passed on to Cranford Hospice in Hastings.
Each visitor was given a catalogue on their arrival and this catalogue was valid for all subsequent visits.
$1,250.00 was received and able to be donated to the Hospice. Awesome!
Over ninety - yes, 90 - samplers were on display and the catalogue contained pages and pages of images of many of the samplers with an explanation of the design title, the designer/design company and the name of the person who stitched the sampler and in which room of the house the samplers were displayed - Needlework Gallery : Hall : Front Entrance : Master Bedroom : Guest Bedroom : Third Bedroom : Dining Room : Breakfast Nook : Family Room : Library and the new needlework gallery (under construction).
The most significant samplers on display were the antique samplers. The majority of these amazing samplers (12) were a selection from the awesome collection owned by my friend, Jeanie of Hastings. These samplers dated from 1810 to 1917 and were stitched by young girls aged from seven to fourteen years of age and one by a gentleman.
Here is an image of the complete antique sampler display -
and a few images of the individual samplers -
|Charlotte ? 1837 ? (Name, age and date difficult to read)|
|Eliza Drake - London : 1810|
|Frank : 1917|
(Stitched on perforated paper)
Possibly stitched by Frank in France during WW1
and sent to his mum in England
|Francis ? : Aged 12 years : Undated|
Jeanie has graciously given her permission for me to chart the samplers in her collection
and to follow is one sampler that has been charted.
|Original and reproduced sampler - Helen : 1864|
Design Code: BARB 2005
Design Title: Helen's Sampler - 1864
Design Price: $22.50
The following sampler will be available soon -