This is a lovely book by NZ author Vivien Caughley and it gives a unique glimpse into New Zealand’s stitching history. It features more than 80 historic samplers: some stitched by colonial women, some stitched during World War II, and some by schoolgirls over the years. It finishes with the 1990 Globe Theatre project involving 500 embroiderers from around NZ.
Each sampler has the story of the girl or woman who stitched it which gives a wonderful insight into life in New Zealand across the generations.
This beautifully produced book will appeal to needlework enthusiasts, artists and designers, academics, and genealogists. It would be a lovely Christmas present for a stitcher or a great book to have yourself.The pattern for the 1853 sampler which featured on the books cover is included with full instructions. The pattern is on the reverse side of the cover.
The book is 27 x 22 cm and has 184 pages with colour photos. The RRP is $49.99
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