For 40 years the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) has been educating its members about needlepoint, now ANG would like to educate others as well.
ANG’s celebration of needlepoint and samplers is a three- year event, coinciding with the annual Seminars in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Coast to coast for the
coming three years, you are invited to join“A JOURNEY WITH NEEDLEART – From the Past to the Future.”

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oldest Sampler???

As often as we hear about the Jane Bostocke antique sampler, we might wonder about earlier examples of sampler needlework.

Are you aware of the Peruvian sampler that is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York? This sampler is dated to the 2nd century BCE. This sampler shares designs of unusual animals, geometric art, and other figures worked in an array of directions with cotton on camelid ground. Camelid is the family of animals that includes alpaca and llamas. These animals and their fur are found easily in Peru. This sampler measures approximately 28.5" x 42". This wonderul historical needlework is from the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection (bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979).

To see this photo of this sampler, go the Metropolitan Museum of Art .

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

English 16th Century Sampler

The pictured sampler is indeed a work of art. During the sixteenth century samplers were often a record of the life and times of that period. Few examples of these samplers exist. Jane Bostocke's sampler of 1598 includes the embroidered date. This is the earliest known sampler to include a date. The date commemorates the birth of a child. The needlework is of a very high quality, and Jane may have been hired for her needlework abilty.

An amazing visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England would allow the visitors to hold this and other historical needlework in their own hands. The needlework is encased in a wooden tray with a glass covering. This means that the sampler can be viewed with time and the closeness that a stitcher would want to fully appreciate this work of so many years ago.

The beams of light flashing across this sampler were the results of my inexperienced photography. I took this picture with the simplest of cameras a few years ago.

During the three years of "A Journey with Needleart-From the past to the the future" we will not feature needlework from the 16th century. Examining a historical sampler with all the fine details and threads of long ago can help each stitcher and lover of needlework appreciate the work of that period and those of our time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recognize this Sampler?

Do you recognize this beautiful piece of needle art and history?
Do you know the country where this piece can be found?
Do you know the museum that gives this special sampler a great home?
Answers in the next post..........stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sounds and Tastes of Philadelphia

If you find yourself humming a good tune when you think of Philadelphia, perhaps one of the following that mentions Philly would be a good choice:

  • Boyz to Men Motown Philly
  • Will Smith Summertime
  • Survivor Eye of the Tiger
  • Bruce Springsteen Streets of Philadelphia
  • Elton John Philadelphia Freedom
  • Martha Reeves Dancing in the Streets
  • Lifehouse Midnight In Philadelphia
  • Hall and Oates Fall in Philadelphia
  • James Taylor Sailing To Philadelphia
  • Flatt And Scruggs Philadelphia Lawyer
  • Neil Young Philadelphia
  • Mark Knopfler Sailing to Philadelphia

Who wants to view samplers, travel, read, or sing about Philadelphia on an empty stomach??? No one! If you wish to taste the best food that Philly has, then you must go to the Dining Guide to see the summary list of the 359 Downtown Philadelphia restaurants. Look over the amazing list of delicious possiblities, and you will add another good reason to be in Philadelphia in August.