Her love of historic needlework started long before the guild. Patti had a long-term affiliation with the Gloucester County Historical Society where she dedicated her efforts to seeing that their collection of samplers did not remain in storage. She spent countless hours researching the girls who stitched these samplers and was able to tell a story about each one. She has charted several of them with the proceeds from sales benefitting the Society's Sampler Collection Designated Fund to b used for the continued preservation of samplers in their collection.The first sampler she charted was Lucy Hugg, in 1999. This same sampler would become the Guild's first stitch-along. There are six samplers available on the Gloucester County Historical Society website. Many of us enjoyed the tours she lead at the Gloucester County Historical Society.
Nine of the pieces in the Society's collection were included in the 2014-15 New Jersey Sampler exhibit at the Morven Museum, and can be seen in the exhibit catalog- "Hail Specimen of Female Art". The 1788 Sybil Tatum Quaker medallion catalog- "Hail Specimen of Female Art". The 1788 Sybil Tatum Quaker medallion sampler was included in Carol Humphrey's book, "Quaker School Girl Samplers from Ackworth".
Patti's contributions to our Guild over the years were many, including private tours of the Gloucester County sampler collection and other textile exhibits. A favorite memory is the fabulous talk she gave when we celebrated the Guild’s 20th Anniversary in 2022 - delayed for two years because of Covid. It was full of history for the new members and fun memories for the veteran members.
Those who attended the dedication had a chance to tour the museum while there.
Eliza Gamble, 1848 Sampler
Sampler and painting.
Lydia Fogg, 1835
What a crazy claim to fame….glass coffins!?
Madame Duval’s Cameo Collection.