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Samplers: Learning to Sew

American sampler stitches

American sampler stitches

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Maine Historical Society

From a young age, girls were set upon the task of learning varied stitches involved in needlework, like cross stitch, and tent stitch, eyelet, chain, stem, and two sided line stitch. There were over a dozen stitches used, each one with a different purpose and appearance.


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