Skill at needlework was something girls of wealthier families learned to do at a young age as part of their formal education. When they grew up, they used these skills to put a personal stamp on their surroundings. The first sampler, made in North Carolina in 1833, includes the birthday of Elizabeth Ann Moore and different flower designs. The creator is unknown. Sarah How Burn of Bertie County worked the second sampler in 1808, when she was twelve years old. It probably took her three months to complete this work. Sarah used six different styles of lettering plus several different designs. The accompanying video details the work of Burn's sampler.
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textile art
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Historic Hope Plantation
Location of Original
Historic Hope Plantation
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