The Loudoun Sampler Guild was founded in 1996. Our mission is to foster excellence in the practice of the art of sampler-making through an active program of education and study, and to preserve the heritage of sampler-making. We currently have about 120 members, primarily from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The Loudoun Sampler Guild meets on the second Saturday of each month. Our usual meeting location is VFW Post 1177 at 401 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, VA 20176 (near the Rust Library).
Over the course of a program year, the Loudoun Sampler Guild holds workshops with noted designers, lectures, finishing clinics and other events. In August, the Guild holds a weekend stitching retreat, and in December a holiday party.
Field trips to see sampler and needlework collections have included:
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Maryland Historical Society
- Winterthur Museum
- Morven Museum (Princeton, NJ)
- Baltimore Museum of Art
- National Museum of the American Coverlet (Bedford, PA)
We encourage anyone in the area who is interested in samplers to join us. Our members include needlework teachers and expert stitchers, beginning stitchers and non-stitchers who enjoy seeing and learning about samplers. For information on membership, attending a meeting, directions or anything else, please contact our membership chair, Nikki Merkt (email@example.com).