|Sally Cochran Sampler in the Lynn, MA style|
My family loves the beaches at Ogunquit and the salt water taffy place at York - so we come up there quite often (the 1 hr 10 min trip is a fast one). So yesterday I dropped off the family a the beach and made a bee-line to the exhibit for an hour.
I was quite stunned at the number of samplers that curator Leslie Rounds pulled together for her "Industry and Virtue Joined: Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England" exhibit. 130 samplers from a tight geographical region is wonderful to see. You can wall along a wall and see motifs travel through the samplers as well as how much variety came from the different teachers. Putting this together resulted in many new insights and obvious teacher styles. It took me far longer than my family was expecting to get through the exhibit. So I totally suggest dumping your significant other at the beach before going!!
There will be a book coming in a few weeks for the exhibition and it will compliment the book for the 2013 exhibit (I My Needle Ply with Skill). If you want to get the catalog, keep checking the website.