What is a sampler?

A pattern; a collection of needlework patterns, as letters, borders, etc., to be used as samples, or to display the skill of the worker. (Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 1913)
[Hodgkins, Frances Mary] 1869-1947 :Sissie sewing; at Ravensbourne in 1885.


  • A Sampler that was made here
  • A Sampler that was brought here
  • A Sampler that was once here, but is no longer here
  • A Sampler that quite simply IS here, and about which we know very little else

If you know any more about Ethel Parsons, or how her  sampler found its way to Wellington to be rescued, please contact Vivien Caughley at New Zealand Sampler.


Image at right: [Hodgkins, Frances Mary] 1869-1947
Sissie sewing; at Ravensbourne in 1885. 1885.
Reference Number: A-214-084
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library,
Wellington, New Zealand,
must be obtained before any re-use of this image.