Fourth graders learned about Colonial American embroidery. We looked at images of embroidery samplers, which are mostly composed of letters and numbers. These samplers prepared girls for the kinds of work they would perform in the home, while simultaneously schooling them in letters and numbers. Women of the higher class would go on to create pictorial embroideries, which might show images of things they hoped to attain in the future.
Using primarily the running and back stitches, students embroidered a design of their choice.