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Samplers take their name from the French Essamplaire and the Latin Exemplarium meaning example. Samplers where first used to record examples of stitches and were sewn on small lengths of cloth. As time went by they became a teaching tool, teaching young girls the art and discipline of needlework.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

It's strange to think that something that was classed as a lesson, should survive today and become highly collectible and in some cases command such a high purchase price. In a way it's like the coursework that we completed at school, one day becoming a collectible item.

Although there are not many surviving examples of Samplers before the 1600's, from the Seventeenth century onwards there are a relatively large number of samplers to be found, most in excellent condition. One reason for the relatively large number available from the Seventeenth century is thought to be that, as time went by needlework became part of a young girl's basic education. This also goes some way to explaining why there are more samplers sewn by young girls, rather than the older ladies. This is known, because a lot of these samplers have the age of the person who stitched it, and sometimes their names and the date it was finished, stitched into them.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When studying these beautiful historical items, it becomes very apparent at the skill and patience that that these young girls possessed to create these samplers. Although samplers initially started out as teaching tools, they quickly became tools with which to record stitches and motifs. This then evolved, into a way to record and teach students to stitch, as they could instantly see how a stitch was achieved.

As time progressed throughout the Seventeenth century, the alphabet, numbers and religious texts began to appear on the samplers. The sampler had progressed from being just a tool teaching stitches, to a central part of a young girl's education. Samplers were not just something that was practised in England, and beautiful examples have been found throughout Europe and America.

Even though sewing to that standard is no longer taught, it may surprise you to know that even in the Twenty-First century, people are still producing samplers. However, these samplers are normally sewn from kits and range from the traditional looking to more modern variations. It would be fascinating to go forward in time 500 years and see if the samplers people are sewing today, are still being collected.

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DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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