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.

Wed 14 November 2018 — SOLD OUT
Thurs 31 January 2019 — SOLD OUT
Wed 6 February 2019 — SOLD OUT

  • 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

Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries through this unique collection of Scottish samplers on loan from American collector Leslie B. Durst.
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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 - 6 Feb 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.

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