这是我们MTS博客系列中有关采样器的第三部分，我们从 新罕布什尔州历史学会. 莎拉’s sampler is a simple upper 和 lowercase alphabet stitched with silk thread on a piece of undyed linen. She stitched only the numerals 1 through 4 but spent quite a bit of time perfecting the decorative floral border--perhaps nine- or ten-year-old 莎拉 adored flowers more than numbers. According to the NHHS digital catalog, 莎拉 Folsom Cochran lived from 1811 和 1844 in Pembroke 和 Epson, 新罕布什尔. Although she did not record the date she made her sampler, she did include her exact birthday as August 26th, 1811. So happy 204th birthday anniversary 莎拉! (August 26th also happens to be Director Camille Myers Breeze's birthday, though she's a bit younger.)
In the early 19th century, all the dyes used to color 莎拉’s bright silks would have been made from natural substances like madder for pinks 和 reds, 和 indigo or woad for blues. 嘛ny natural dyes, 和 the natural fibers of silk 和 linen, slowly degrade over time, losing their intensity 和 saturation as a result of things like light 和 heat. However 莎拉's sampler is almost the same color on the front as on the back, indicating that it has been well cared for.
We know that 莎拉's sampler was once framed because it came to 博物馆纺织服务 glued onto an acidic board. Moisture in the top-left corner had caused soil 和 discoloration to migrate, but fortunately not the dyes. Prior to cleaning, Conservator Cara Jordan removed as much of the cardboard 和 adhesive residue from the reverse with mechanical action. Director Camille Breeze then used the 吸盘 通过采样器冲洗去离子水，并控制任何潜在的染料渗出。最初的吸墨纸显示出大量的脱色现象，经过几次漂洗后已经消失了。使采样器在吸盘下方的吸盘上完全干燥。然后将其手工缝制到布艺覆盖的安装板上，以在新罕布什尔州历史学会展出。
莎拉’她的取样员是送给历史的礼物，博物馆纺织品服务很高兴将一些光彩和精美的色彩恢复到她的作品中。如果您担心自己的历史悠久的纺织品因光照，害虫或酸度而损坏，请参阅我们的《 MTS手册》。 选择存储材料 和 展示纺织品，位于我们的 网站.