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.
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.
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.