I owe huge thanks to Barbara Hutson for telling me to look for the sampler wall at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. It's funny, but when I asked at the desk where I'd find this, the nice young lady did not really know what I was talking about. At first, I was afraid that these samplers were no longer on exhibit, but were hidden back in storage. And then I turned a corner and found them! An large free standing wall filled with samplers.
There's an amazing lack of information about these samplers. So I can't really tell you much. But I can show you some of them.
I love this one with the two-headed eagle. Anyone have any ideas on country of origin?
Is this a man with a hot-air balloon?
The one with the weeping willow is the only sampler with American origins.
Yikes. This one has some serious goldwork. But I just have to wonder what got cut out?
Now remember. If you're ever in Santa Fe, you need to stop here. I wish I had got decent photos of all of them, but alas glass and lights sometimes interfere with cameras. In fact, the entire Girard collection is amazing. Everytime you turn a corner, you have no idea what you may see!