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Claudia discussed the categories of Bristol Samplers, including: Traditional Early, Border Band, Tic Tac Toe, Name Samplers, Double Wreath, Motif Samplers, Ship Samplers, and Traditional. Early samplers were hem stitched or turned under.
Spot samplers shared motifs. Dog (a nod to Queen Victoria) ship, wreath, bible, berry bowls, crown, Prince of Wales feathers. Motif were also based on the teacher or patterns available. Although most Bristol samplers found are in red. This is partly because all the girls were required to stitch a red sampler. The reds were done in cotton. The multi-colored samplers seem to include every color but red were done in silks. The red was common in English samplers. It was easy to see; most likely plentiful to the region. These samplers were usually done on heavy cotton fabric which may be why they have held up so well. Many Bristol Samplers did not survive because the children would burn them because of the stigma of being an orphan.
Visits for a small fee for information on the girls of the orphanage can be arranged by contacting the trust in advance.