Needlework sampler instruction was critical in a young girl’s education in early America. The instruction served many purposes, not least of which was teaching the alphabet along with sewing skills that each girl would need to clothe her future household. One of the first projects, often completed by girls as young as six, was called a marking sampler and was filled with basic embroidery techniques and was also used to learn to stitch the alphabet. This marking sampler was then referred to when a certain stitch was needed to sew a garment or “mark” household linens and clothing.

In our area we know that Miss Tucker ran a subscription school in Bellefonte from about 1807 to 1825.  We are very fortunate to have access to several samplers that, by their design, can be attributed to the teaching of Miss Tucker. In addition to these Bellefonte samplers, the exhibition also presents other Central Pennsylvania sampler examples.

Below are examples of work by students attributed to the teaching of Sarah Tucker.
Click on an image to view it full size. All photographs attributed to Fredric Weber.

Mary Williams
Bellefonte
On loan from the Centre County Library and Historical Museum

Lucy Alexander (Humes)
Bellefonte
On loan from the Centre County Library and Historical Museum

Elizabeth Trcziyulny
Bellefonte

Additional Samplers and sewing objects in this exhibit.
Click on an image gallery to view the full size images. All photographs attributed to Fredric Weber.

SAMPLERS

SEWING OBJECTS