Origin of sampler
Examples from the Web for sampler
Sampler verses had their times and seasons, and ran through families.Child Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
What she referred to was a labor of years, a sampler intended (some day) for the wall of Mr. Kenny's study.Wilderness of Spring|Edgar Pangborn
The patterns of the borders vary a great deal; I have counted thirty different ones on one sampler.Samplers and Tapestry Embroideries|Marcus Bourne Huish
The sampler is designed to show how far one can dispense with it.
Like feather-stitch (see diagram), it is worked on four guiding lines, faintly visible on the sampler.
British Dictionary definitions for sampler
Word Origin and History for sampler
"embroidery specimen by a beginner to show skill," 1520s, from sample (n.); earlier "pattern, model, example to be imitated" (early 14c.). The connecting notion is probably "piece of embroidery serving as a pattern to be copied, or to fix and retain the pattern." As "a collection of samples" from 1912.