Sampler; Anne Ruddock (nee Lush); 1869; XEC.2337



About this object

This sampler is made from coloured thread worked on open mesh canvas. It depicts the alphabet, the numbers 1 to 20 and the verse: “Love one another God is love.” It is signed: “Anne Lush, July 21 1869.”

Anne Lush was born in 1857 to the Anglican priest Vicesimus Lush and his wife Blanche. During the 19th century and much of the 20th century almost all women were experienced in sewing, knitting, embroidery and other textile crafts. Not only was this kind of work an important contribution to the family economy, it also provided house-bound women with opportunities for creative expression. Embroidery was used to beautify a wide range of items, from handkerchiefs to tablecloths and such craftwork often displayed immense artistic skill. (1)

(1) Kerryn Pollock, ‘Sewing, knitting and textile crafts – Home textile crafts,’ Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand,

For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.


Anne Ruddock (nee Lush)

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Place Made

Auckland, New Zealand

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23.2 x 12.5cm

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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Textile craft

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