Join Plimoth Plantation for a weekend of workshops and lectures about early samplers and the young girls who stitched them. Gather with other embroidery enthusiasts for one-of-a-kind lectures, instruction and delicious 17th century food. Embroider the Mary Atwood Sampler (c.1650), led by Joanne Harvey, nationally-renowned sampler expert. View rarely-seen treasures from Plimoth Plantation’s collection, such as the Plimoth Jacket and the Theodora Oxenbridge sampler (c.1670). The weekend includes a tour of Plimoth Plantation and a visit to Pilgrim Hall Museum’s exhibit, Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition.
$240 for Members/$300 Not-Yet-Members
The program fee includes all workshops, two lunches and one dinner, lectures and admission to Plimoth Plantation and Pilgrim Hall. Members of Plimoth Plantation will also receive a 10% discount on merchandise in the Museum Shop. To register, please call (508) 503-2653 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must register by April 15, 2014. We are unable to offer refunds for any cancellation after April 2, 2014. Kit fee and hotel not included.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 26 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
9:30-10:00 Welcome to Plimoth Plantation
10:00-12:00 Tour of Pilgrim Hall's exhibit, Needlework Samplers: Wrought by Tradition (transportation your own, 3 miles)
12:30-2:00 Lunch: Eat Like a Pilgrim, with time to visit Plimoth Plantation sites and shop
2:00-3:30 Embroidering the Mary Atwood Sampler
3:30-4:00 Break: view artifacts from Mary Atwood Bradford’s homesite, Plimoth Plantation collections
4:00-5:15 Embroidering the Mary Atwood Sampler
5:30-7:30 Turkey buffet dinner, followed by talk on 17th-century samplers by Joanne Harvey
Sunday, April 27 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
9:30-11:00 Introduction to the Theodora Oxenbridge Sampler (c.1670) with a talk on girlhood in the 17th century
11:00-12:30 Guided tour of Colonial Education Site (meet Mistress Fuller); rotate with tour of Plimoth Plantation’s Textiles and Clothing Department, with a special viewing of Plimoth Jacket
12:30-2:00 Lunch, with time to visit Plimoth Plantation sites and shop
2:00-3:00 Embroidering the Mary Atwood sampler
3:00-3:30 Break: see archaeological sewing tools from Plymouth Colony sites
3:30-5:00 Embroidering the Mary Atwood Sampler
About the Speaker
Since 1976, Joanne Harvey has designed needlework reproductions from some of the most distinguished museum and private collections in the country, recently under the name of The Examplarery. With a degree in Art Education with an emphasis on American History, Joanne has had a long-time affiliation with the Henry Ford Museum as a guide, textile crafter and textile conservation technician. She has also been associated with various movie and television productions. Joanne’s historical research on needlework has culminated in various articles, lectures, and workshops on the subject.
About Mary Atwood
Mary Atwood (c.1640-1714/5) embroidered this rare sampler c. 1650. Few documented American embroideries can be dated to the 17th century, and of this small number, only a handful are from Plymouth Colony. One of nine children born to John Atwood and Sarah Masterson, Mary grew up in Plymouth. She married Rev. John Holmes of Duxbury in 1661 and had three children. She later married Major William Bradford, son of Governor William Bradford, and had four more children. After a long and fruitful life, Mary passed away on January 6, 1714/1715.
Mary's small, delicate sampler measures 5 1/2" by 22" and is worked in silk upon a linen ground (48-52 warp threads by 66 weft). The embroidery techniques are typical of those found on other 17th century English samplers, and include Spanish Stitch (Double Running), Cross Stitch, Diagonal Cross Stitch, and Detached Buttonhole, with accents in Satin Stitch and Running Stitch. The thirty-six band patterns are worked in six soft hues of Blue, Sienna Brown, Yellow Green, Cream and Medium Green. These colors are very similar to those found on another Plymouth Colony sampler, one worked by Loara Standish c.1640.
About the Sampler kits
Sampler kits (sold separately) include linen, needles, thread and over 50 pages of graphs, photographs and illustrations. Directions are given for both reversible and non-reversible counted thread embroidery techniques.
35 count linen with D.M.C. floss, 7" x 32" $ 98.50
35 count linen with silk floss, 7" x 32" $165.50
40 count linen with silk floss, 6 1/2 ”x 27 1/2” $140.00
Please specify kit type with your registration. Payment can be made to Joanne Harvey at the workshop.
Pilgrim Sands on Long Beach is offering a reduced rate of $99 plus tax on 4/25 and 4/26. The special rate includes: continental breakfast, a lounge with entertainment, and an indoor pool. To book, please call (508) 747-0900 and use the group name “17th Century Samplers.”
When & Where
Who We Are
Plimoth Plantation is a not-for-profit museum supported by admissions, contributions, grants and generous volunteers.
What We Do
Plimoth Plantation, a bicultural museum, offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. Our exhibits, programs, live interpreters, and historic settings encourage a new level of understanding about present-day issues affecting communities around the world.
The visitor experience is at the heart of our work. The setting, the staff and a compelling approach to history combine to provide a memorable visitor experience. We are successful when a satisfied visitor recommends us to family and friends.