Document Type


Date of Degree

Fall 2010

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams

First Committee Member

Steve McGuire

Second Committee Member

Susan White


My interest in the history of craft as it relates to women and craft in the context of contemporary art led to a more specific personal curiosity about colonial stitched samplers. The incredible skill and patience young colonial stitchers exhibited, layered with the revelatory nature of stitched samplers, sparked a desire to understand them more thoroughly. This thesis is a hybrid product that includes both writing and research about my interest in colonial stitched samplers, craft and contemporary art, as well as ongoing work on three stitched samplers inspired by both colonial schoolgirl samplers and contemporary artists whose work builds upon the tradition of the stitched sampler.


iv, 54 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 53-54).


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