Join curator Helen Wyld to learn more about this fascinating exhibition on a guided tour.

#ScottishSamplers

Gain an insight into these embroidered pictures and the unique stories they reveal.

  • Maern Kedglie, from Inveresk, represented the neighbouring town of Musselburgh in her sampler, using the town’s coat of arms of three anchors and three mussels. © © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    Maern Kedglie, from Inveresk, represented the neighbouring town of Musselburgh in her sampler, using the town’s coat of arms of three anchors and three mussels. © © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • This alphabet sampler has been left unfinished. It is one of a collection of samplers created by the Swan and Ballingal families © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    This alphabet sampler has been left unfinished. It is one of a collection of samplers created by the Swan and  Ballingal families © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • May Robert has incorporated biblical scenes from the story of Elijah into her sampler. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    May Robert has incorporated biblical scenes from the story of Elijah into her sampler. © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • Isabella Cook’s sampler is one of a pair both depicting a zebra. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    Isabella Cook’s sampler is one of a pair both depicting a zebra. © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • It is possible A McGilliy embroidered a shortened version of her surname, which may have been McGillivray. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    It is possible A McGilliy embroidered a shortened version of her surname, which may have been McGillivray. © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • Catherine Monro’s multiplication sampler reflects the type of schooling she received. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    Catherine Monro’s multiplication sampler reflects the type of schooling she received.  © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • Agnes Henry's sampler is unusual in that it is stitched on paper and made with coloured beads rather than conventional embroidery thread. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    Agnes Henry's sampler is unusual  in that it is stitched on paper and made with coloured beads rather than conventional embroidery thread.  © Leslie B. Durst Collection
  • Margaret Alexander’s sampler, made during the Napoleonic Wars, includes portraits of three British army regiments. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

    Margaret Alexander’s sampler, made during the Napoleonic Wars, includes portraits of three British army regiments. © Leslie B. Durst Collection

Header image: May Robert has incorporated biblical scenes from the story of Elijah into her sampler. © Leslie B. Durst Collection 

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Exhibition
Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers will showcase a small selection of embroideries drawn from over 500 Scottish samplers in the collection of Leslie Durst – an American with a passion for Scotland.
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Samplers collection
Antique Samplers

An online museum that houses a collection of 1000+ antique needlework samplers from Europe and America.
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Event information

When

14 Nov 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
14:00-15:00 Meet at 13:45.

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh - Meet at Embroidered Stories on Level 3 at 13:45

How much

£6, £5 Members & Concessions.

Booking information

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