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"Sue Studebaker's comprehensive book covering the development of female education and the role of needlework in a young lady's life in Ohio significantly contributes to the study of regional styles in American needlework and samplers."

-- Kimberly Smith Ivey, Associate Curator of Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg

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Sue Studebaker is the author of Ohio Samplers: Schoolgirl Embroideries, 1803-1850, and has published articles in the Antique Review and Early American Life. She lectures widely and teaches courses on American decorative arts.
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  • Series: Ohio Bicentennial
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (December 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821414526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821414521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Better than I expected, the coloration and samplers pictured are truly remarkable. A lot of good basic Ohio history, with maps by county and description of how the state was divided. It is one of my favorite things, and I never get tired of picking it up and reading more about their simple lives.
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"...who with their endless hours if stitching have left a tangible and enduring legacy of our state's history in their needlework." I would think that author Sue Studebaker was the textiles curator at a museum or a university professor of history. But she was an avid antique collector and researcher who became so taken with the old embroideries she found personally and saw as family heirlooms in private homes--and is such a daughter of her beloved Ohio--that she spent countless years doing the footwork and accumulating the information among which she weaves the beautiful illustrations.

This is one of my favorite books; I own hundreds of needlework books and lately have been focusing on the history of needlework and particularly on samplers. What greatly surprises me about the Bibliography is that less than 10% of the entries are about needlework at all! But these are some of its books I own and can recommend:

Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850 (Two Volumes)
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring
(These are by Betty Ring whom the author praises in the Acknowledgments and who praises the book in a blurb on the back cover.)

In the Neatest Manner: The Making of the Virginia Sampler Tradition
(Author Kimberly Smith, Associate Curator of Textiles at Colonial Williamsburg, penned the Preface to this book.
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I was lucky enough to meet the author and attend a few of her lectures. Ohio lost a treasure when she died.

She was a bright star and she gave Ohio an awesome bicentennial gift. I'm so sorry that the collection she assembled (which was documented in this book) was only a temporary exhibit instead of a permanent collection. This book covers samplers from each of the 88 counties in Ohio.

Her focus was the history of the samplers and their creators. It's not really a book for those that create samplers unless they are interested in authentic elements for a particular geographic area. Please keep this in mind if you are considering adding it to your collection.
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This is a great book of Ohio embroideries also a bit of a history book too. Loved it! Would recommend.
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