Middlesex Tree Record Sampler Notebook

The this kit can be purchased in the Needlework Nibbles section of the webstore.

Family register samplers became popular on the East Coast during the last part of the 18th century into the early 19th century. Ittenerant painters traveled up and down the coast, drawing family trees for hire. One known artist, William Saville, was a teacher in what is now Rockport, MA and he painted watercolors of this style to earn extra money to record family histories. Others, such as Joshua Pool painted in what seems to be a similar highly regional style including hearts, trees with fruit and records of family members included. It is not yet known which artist had his paintings replicated in needlework by a unknown school in the Middlesex region of Massachusetts, perhaps further research will someday find a link between a known artist such as Saville and a school teaching needlework. The majority of the known samplers of this style were made by girls from Lexington or Watertown, some of which were the daughters and granddaughters of the Lexington minutemen.

This needlework nibble is in support of conservation of several new tree samplers acquired in 2014 by the Lexington Historical Society. $5 of each kit sale will go to the conservation effort.

The kit contains the finishing materials including check silk, ultra suede, ribbons, and doctors cloth. A limited number have the mother-of-pearl buttons or you can use your own.

The instructions for the sampler are not in the kit but are for download and printing below. The kits can be purchased from the shop site and and cost $22 with the buttons and $19 without.

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