Historically, samplers were a demonstration or a test of skill in needlework. Girls raised in a genteel fashion were expected to develop skills in the needle arts. A sampler would be composed of alphabets, motifs, verses and decorative borders done in a variety of stitches. The name of the person who worked it as well as the date were often included.
Modern samplers come in a variety of designs and is a style preferred by many stitchers. I am very interested in samplers. However, I have only worked one during my long term cross stitch addiction.
Today I am displaying the one sampler that I completed. It is a piece that is one of my all time favorites done for myself, but it is no longer displayed in my home.