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Sampler made by a pupil at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

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Sampler made by a pupil at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh
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A sampler is a piece of embroidery executed as an example of the embroiderers' skill in using a variety of stitches. This example of wool on unbleached linen was sewn in 1848 by Sarah Macdonald from George Heriot's School in Rose Street in Edinburgh.

Sampler in red, green, pink and brown wool on unbleached linen, by Sarah Macdonald of George Heriot's School, 1848

Samplers gave girls an opportunity to develop and show skills in needlework.

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