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Region: Middle Tennessee
1838 Margaret (Mag) Ann Clouston
Sarah H. Hines, Teacher
Franklin Female Academy
Franklin, Williamson Co.
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

1714"V x 16"H © TSS 059
fibers: silk and wool
ground: 30 ct. linen
Margaret (Mag) Ann Clouston (1828-1916) had easy access to embroidery supplies as her father, Edward G. Clouston, owned a dry goods store which advertised “an Assortment of Fancy Goods” including silks, merinos, and Irish linens. Mag received her education at the Franklin Female Academy and went on to become a teacher. With Sally Currin, she ran an elementary school in the basement of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Mag’s sampler represents a transition from the earlier silk samplers to the wool samplers of the mid-19th century. Her choice of borders includes queen stitched strawberries, an ancient pattern that can be found on 16th century English needlework.