Maine Historical Society



A Past Exhibit

"A Peace of Work Performed by Me"

July 9 – December 2004

Genealogy Sampler

Joanna Poole of Portland, Maine completed this genealogy sampler in 1807 when she was 12 years old. It is typical of the kind of samplers produced in the female academies in Portland at that time.

A Peace of Work Performed by Me: Historic Fiberarts from the Collection featured over 20 embroidered samplers and memorials dating from circa 1755 to 1860, including a group of family register samplers. Samplers were a central component of schoolgirls' curriculum, and were generally stitched from patterns designed by the girls' teacher. While the spelling might be creative, as in the 1755 title piece by Mary Jones, pride of accomplishment always shines through.

Also on view were fine examples of lace, Victorian hair–work, sewing tools and supplies, and a magnificent coverlet made in 1818 by Delphos Turner of Palermo, Maine. Acquired in 2002, this coverlet had never before been exhibited at the Maine Historical Society.

This exhibit was part of The State of Fiber 2004, a yearlong, statewide celebration of 115 exhibitions, educational programs and other special events organized by Maine Fiberarts to celebrate and promote the work of Maine fiber artists (quilters, papermakers, weavers, lacemakers, spinners, knitters, rugmakers, and others) past and present. The exhibit also coincided with the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Southern Maine Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

Curated by Carolin Collins and Holly Hurd-Forsyth.

For more information about The State of Fiber 2004, visit Maine Fiberarts