Map Samplers

I heart maps.

I heart samplers.

What a great way to join two favorite things. Like alphabet samplers, map samplers were used to educate young women not only in the handy skill of stitchery but to help them learn their geography.

This sampler was executed by Cecilia Lewis in upstate New York in 1909. I found it on the Wisconsin History website. Ms. Lewis, 18 at the time she stitched this, represented the existing states, and labeled the other areas according to the Indian tribes which dominated the land.

cecilia lewis sampler

I had to search pretty extensively to find contemporary map samplers that I really like.

Bettina Matzkuhn is a fiber artist in Canada. She has many beautiful hand-embroidered maps on her website, please check them out.

Territory of Blah

Territory of Blah

Territory of Blah detail

Territory of Blah detail

Adjectival Coast

Adjectival Coast

Adjectival Coast detail

Adjectival Coast detail

Melinda Barta is another embroidery artist working with maps and samplers. She will be teaching an embroidered map class this summer at Penland School of Crafts. I had better pictures, but my computer died and took all of my files with it.

Melinda Barta

Melinda Barta

detail

detail

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~ by rubi on April 12, 2009.

2 Responses to “Map Samplers”

  1. mm! It’s great when an idea is re taken and created in contemporary language, but still referencng the original.

  2. I have heard of awoman who designsmap samplers forindividuals and also teaches about mapsamplers. Do you know who she is? She is American as far as i know.
    Thank you.

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