Julia Winona Lacey's Sampler

This sampler features two block alphabets of 26 letters, with numbers to 4. The letters and numbers are all stitched at random in different colors, and all the rows are separated by simple geometric crossbands. Julia was only learning the basics needed for plain sewing by making a sampler with just alphabets and numbers. On the bottom she included the inscription:

“Julia Lacey St Vince Sch”>br>
Julia worked her sampler while attending St. Vincent’s school for orphans in Washington, D.C. The sampler is stitched with wool embroidery thread on a cotton canvas ground with a thread count of warp 23, weft 26/in. The stitches used are cross, and crosslet.
Julia Winona Lacey was born in Washington, D.C., in 1840 and married Almanza Layton, who was born on June 1837. They had four children - Esther (c.1860-), Fanny (1862-), Florence (1864-), and Catherine (c.1865-). Julia died in 1874.
Currently not on view
Object Name
embroidery, sampler
date made
Lacey, Julia Winona
Physical Description
cotton (canvas ground material)
wool (thread material)
overall: 7 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm x 18.415 cm
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Florence W. Layton

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