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Appendix I    Appendix II     Appendix III

NOTE: The appendices are generally updated when new discoveries of needleworkers or teachers are made. The latest revision occurred on 11.23.2010.

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Young girls in Maryland may have learned to sew from their mothers, but many attended a school to become accomplished in the needle arts. A number of teachers and schools have been found, but only those known to have taught or included needlework in their curricula are listed in this appendix. This listing is by no means exhaustive, and additional source data continue to reveal new names and details.

Three primary sources were used to compile the entries:

1) The samplers themselves.

2) Archivist Robert W. Barnes’s research found in “School Teachers of Early Maryland,” MSA SC 5300, on the Maryland State Archives website at

3) The Index of Early Southern Artists and Artisans at the research center of Old Salem/Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

(If an entry ends with an M and a number, it is part of this Index, which includes a full text transcription of the newspaper advertisement.)