So it's rather nice that ships are commemorated on our samplers and very often with their name -
|Betsy Evans was 16 when she did this sampler, far too old to be at day school!|
|Sorry about the definition on this sampler - Again Catharine Davies wasn't a schoolgirl but 20 years of age. The sampler is not fine needlework and the ship looks like one from a pattern book.|
|This is a famous and stunning sampler in Carmarthen Museum. Wonderful ship and the name "Prince Royal" could be authentic! Margaret Davies was 19 when she worked this but she doesn't look as if she was comfortable with lettering!|
|This is definitely folk art rather than fine needlework!|
|Sorry about this picture but it it gives a flavour of this wonderful folk art piece. I wonder if the Alabama was a real ship and I love the dogs on board?|
|Six ships on this very colourful sampler but what a peculiar house!|
I hope this selection of ship samplers informs and charms you and helps you to understand why I call them folk art. I just love their zaniness. The girls and young women who sewed them weren't comfortable with sewing, that much is obvious, but the samplers they produced have a wonderful naive quality.