Samplers are examples of embroidery, normally wool on linen canvas, mostly done by girls at school as an exercise in the skills of needle work. They often include numbers, the alphabet and the name of the maker with the date it was made. They may also include a range of patterns and symbols using a range of stitches. Some include common sayings, prayers or texts from the bible, normally in English, but a few were in Welsh.
Other types of picture are sometimes known as Samplers. These include Berlin Woolwork pictures, moral and biblical texts on punched paper and texts in memory of lost relatives.